City applies for tasers rifle grant

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Tasers have been effective alternatives as non-lethal weapons for law enforcement officials throughout the country.

    Capt. Ken Bernardi said the Shepherdsville police department has been pleased with the weapons. However, there are situations where the 25-foot limit to the probes won’t help in controlling the situation.

    The Shepherdsville City Council approved a resolution allowing Bernardi to write a grant request for the funding of three taser rifles, three regular taser units and three rifles.

    The grant is a 100 percent program where no local match is required, said Bernardi.

    With the taser rifle, Bernardi the shooting distance would extend to 65 feet.

    “We want to give our officers one more tool,” said Bernardi.

    Recently, the city police were called to deal with a suicidal person but couldn’t get close enough to stop the individual. With the taser rifle, Bernardi said something could have been done.

    If granted, Shepherdsville would become only the sixth agency in the United States and the first in Kentucky with the taser rifles.

    The rifles cost $599 each and the rounds are $150 each.

    In the request, Bernardi said the city would ask for three rifles and five rounds for each. This would make one rifle available per shift.

    In other action:

    *The city approved a request to take over roads in a new section of the Cedar Grove Business Park.

    Developer Jim Rice said the street signs and streetlights are up and final surface has been installed.

    Councilman Larry Hatfield said his concern was what happens if other development damages the road. He felt the city should be protected.

    This applies to subdivisions, as well, said Hatfield.

    Rice said a committee worked years ago to develop a set of standards, which could be reviewed.

    Mayor Sherman Tinnell said an ordinance was needed to protect the city against future development.

    City attorney Bill Wilson said he would begin working on an ordinance.

    The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. The public is invited.