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Buffalo is continuing to reshape its Police Department, with the Common Council on Tuesday approving the purchase of 85 Tasers and the training to go with them.

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Police everywhere are looking for alternatives to an officer's service revolver. Buffalo Police say they are are now studying a device called a BolaWrap.

Tasers are a tool for Erie County's probation officers who, right now, have seven available to officers who carry hand weapons. The county is now in the process of purchasing more.


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The Buffalo Police Department plans to implement a city-wide pilot project to test Tasers early next year. BPD staff has already begun training and plans to finish sometime after Christmas.

Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.