Less-Lethal Weapon Option
Patrol Officers Equipped with Less-Lethal Weapon Option
The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) is launching a new program to equip front-line patrol officers with a less-lethal weapon option, to increase public and officer safety by defusing potentially dangerous situations.
In November 2018, 12 front line patrol officers will be trained to use a 37mm single-shot projectile launcher that fires a large plastic round. The less lethal option can be deployed in situations where extended ranges are needed, to create greater distance between the officer and the high-risk person(s) in crisis, and potentially avoid the need to escalate to the use of lethal force with firearms. The same projectile launcher has been used by the MHPS Tactical Team for several years, and is being added as a resource for patrol officers to address the distance limitations of conducted energy weapons.
Following the roll out of the training program the MHPS will have up to four officers on the streets at any one time trained to use the projectile launcher.
The less-lethal weapon program cost is $9,300 with an estimated equipment lifespan of seven to ten years.
Inspector Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service