Consideration of a Budget Resolution for the Purchase of Bolawrap Devices for the Police Department
The company WRAP produces a non-electronic, less lethal device known as the Bolawrap. The device propels a kevlar string that enwraps a subject, either subduing them completely, or restricting their movement enough that officers can safely engage them. In contrast to an electronic control device (taser), the Bolawrap does not cause muscle incapacitation, making it a safer option for those individuals that need to be taken into custody for a non-criminal offense, such as someone in a mental health crisis. Currently, this is one of the only effective devices for this purpose, and can be a valuable tool for circumstances when a taser is not a viable option. Currently, the GRPD has four Bolawrap devices that are shared by officers on each patrol crew. This system has drawbacks as each device might not be available when needed depending on where officers are at the time. The department would like to purchase enough devices to outfit all of patrol to eliminate the readiness concern during critical situations. The funds for this purchase would come from the Asset Seizure Account and would need to be moved to the regular patrol budget to facilitate the purchase. The total cost for the devices and cassettes is $12,696.35.
Suggested Motion: I move to approve the Resolution modifying the General Fund Budget for the purchase of Bolawrap devices for the Police Department's Patrol Division, in the amount of $12,700.