Wrap Technologies of Las Vegas, Nevada has introduced the BolaWrap™ 100 less lethal device for law enforcement. The BolaWrap is a hand-held device appearing to be a cross between a large remote control and a flat electric razor, and has earned a nickname of the “Lasso Gun.” Using an easy bush-button trigger, the BolaWrap is designed to propel a Kevlar tether at about 380 feet-per-second (fps) towards the intended target. As the Kevlar tether leaves the BolaWrap cartridge it expands out in a horizontal line. Upon impact with a target the tether wraps around legs, body or arms of the target with enough energy to wrap the target several times, leaving no unused portion of the tether dangling free.
Police use of force is one of the hottest debates in America today, so law enforcement leaders and officers must take note and continue to examine, review, and even modify training and procedures. Along with those reviews, keeping abreast of new technology, techniques, and opportunities to de-escalate dangerous confrontations should be paramount. There are plenty of gimmicks on the market to avoid, so wise police administrators should be cautious when evaluating the newest device or technique. However, occasionally the new idea makes a lot of sense. We’ll dive into the benefits and limitations of the BolaWrap and let you decide.