TEMPE, Arizona, January 7, 2019 -- Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Wrap”) (Nasdaq: WRTC), an innovator of modern policing solutions, has appointed Richard Ross Jr., retired Commissioner of Philadelphia Police Department, and Edmund Hartnett, retired Commissioner of Yonkers Police Department, to lead the Company’s public safety relations efforts.
Ross and Hartnett will be responsible for outreach and liaisons with law enforcement police executives and community stakeholders across the country.
“After LAPD’s decision to train more than 1,000 officers, the demand from larger police departments domestically and internationally has increased,” said Mike Rothans, Chief Operating Officer at Wrap Technologies. “We believe these two individuals, who have decades of public safety service and executive experience with large police departments, will be of great help as we work to establish the BolaWrap as a standard less-lethal option for law enforcement around the world.”
As Commissioner of Philadelphia Police Department, Richard Ross Jr. led the fourth largest police department in the nation with more than 6,500 sworn and 800 civilian members.
Prior to his appointment to Commissioner, Ross served as Philadelphia Police Department’s first Deputy Commissioner. In both positions, he helped lead the department’s commitment to improve reform and accountability while championing community policing, community partnerships and the use of technology and data to support smart, effective and respectful policing.
Throughout his career, he commanded various units, ranging from Patrol, Special Operations and the Detective Bureau to Homicide and Internal Affairs. As First Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, his command included Patrol Operations, Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness, Special Operations, Detective Bureau, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Criminal Intelligence, Command Inspections Bureau and the Mayor’s Security Detail.
Ross is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Gary P. Hayes Award for Excellence in Policing and the Dawn’s Place Champion Award for his work in reducing human trafficking. He has an undergraduate degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University. Ross is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute and the Police Executive Leadership Institute. He has also earned a leadership certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.
“With almost 31 years of service in law enforcement, I’ve seen first-hand the challenges faced when dealing with non-compliant subjects, especially those in mental crisis,” said Richard Ross Jr. “The law enforcement community is looking for new ways to de-escalate potentially violent encounters, and the BolaWrap is an important step in the right direction.”
Edmund Hartnett served in the NYPD for 27 years and retired as a Deputy Chief. During his career, he commanded several NYPD units including the Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Quality Assurance Division and the Intelligence Division.
After retiring from the NYPD, Hartnett served as Police Commissioner of Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York State, from 2006 through 2011. After leaving the Yonkers Police Department, he worked with former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton as part of the Bratton Group on police consulting projects in Los Angeles, Oakland, CA, Detroit and Baltimore.
Hartnett holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College and a Certificate in Police Management from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the Executive Leaders Program of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School.
“To me, the most appealing aspect of the BolaWrap is that it does not rely on pain to gain compliance,” said Edmund Hartnett. “The device is a game changer for law enforcement, and I am excited to assist in bringing the BolaWrap to law enforcement executives around the world.”
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About Wrap Technologies (WRTC)
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company's BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to entangle an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company's Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement to safely and effectively control encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis. For information on the Company please visit www.wraptechnologies.com. Examples of recent media coverage are available as links under the "Media" tab of the website.
BolaWrap is a trademark of Wrap Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.
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