The Bola Wrap is a hand-held remote restraint device, there’s a laser pointer to help with aiming, and from the push button an 8 foot Kevlar rope wraps around a person 10 to 25 feet away.
Special Operations Lieutenant Mike Vesely said the department needs it.
“We have to have that other option, another force option, to deescalate a situation. So, it doesn’t turn into deadly force right off the bat, “Lt. Vesely said.
Across the nation, law enforcement has been under close watch for their use of force, especially in situations where the person is unarmed or suffers from mental illness.
Bola Wrap Master Instructor Jeremy Steward said that’s where this device comes in.
“I can tie you up, with no pain, no injury to the suspect or subject. I can go up and affect an arrest or detain someone, again, without using something that’s going to hurt them,” Steward said.
Lt. Vesely said he’s training his officers to use the remote and intends for some officers to use it, as early as, Monday, November 25.
“This is not a replacement for lethal force. This is just another option we have in our use of force, ” Lt. Vesely said.
The Bola Wrap is already being used in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida police departments. Hendersonville will be the first department to use the device in Northwestern North Carolina and the Upstate.
“This device, again, bridges the gap between causing pain to someone and giving them verbal direction. Where they’re not following any of it, I can wrap them up,” Steward said.
Steward added that the wrap has been on the market for less than two years, but has already been shipped overseas.