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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Tulia Police Department Transitions from Taser to Non-lethal JPX Cobra 450 Pepper Gun

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The Tulia Police Department has recently transitioned from the Taser electro-shock device to a new, non-lethal device called the JPX Cobra 450 pepper gun. In light of the continued and heated public debate regarding the use of Tasers in schools and Taser related deaths, the Tulia Police Department decided to explore new technologies in order to deal with combative or dangerous individuals. “Our goal was to find the most effective, non-lethal alternative to the Taser,” said Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough. “We found the JPX Cobra 450 to be a more humane and an extremely reliable option for our department. It results in significantly less collateral injury to individuals, while providing our officers with a safe and effective way to disorient or disable combative or aggressive individuals.”

The JPX Cobra 450 is a hand-held, pistol-style device that fires a polarized and concentrated stream of oleorisin capsicum (OC) solution. The solution is basically a mixture of cayenne pepper and water. The natural ingredients make the JPX Cobra 450 a truly non-lethal device. The difference, according to Tulia Police Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough, is found in the Scoville heat units. A jalapeno pepper is measured at around 8,000 Scoville heat units, while the JPX Cobra 450 OC spray is measured at 400,000 Scoville heat units. Yarbrough explained that, “the OC spray from the JPX will certainly overload your senses but water, air, and time is all it takes to neutralize the effects of the spray.” Another impressive quality about the JPX is that each stream of OC spray travels at around 405 miles per hour and has been tested at 30mph crosswinds. The attached laser sight adds to the pinpoint accuracy of the device.

Chief Yarbrough explained, “The JPX Cobra 450 is an excellent investment in officer and citizen safety. We purchased six devices at about half the cost of purchasing the same number of Tasers. In addition, the JPX Cobra 450 provides two shots per cartridge which allows our officers to control two or more suspects at the same time. Plus, unlike traditional aerosol OC sprays, the JPX can be used inside buildings without adversely affecting bystanders.”

The Tulia Police Department currently has two JPX Cobra 450 certified instructors to provide officers with specialized training into its use, effectiveness, and safety. Tulia Police officers will begin carrying the device by May 30.

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