Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $35,071)
The City of Pittsfield Police Department proposes to implement the Less Lethal/Non-Lethal Weapons Program. The purpose is to provide the sworn officers of the Pittsfield Police Department with a variety of less lethal/non-lethal options in dealing with uncooperative subjects within the City of Pittsfield. Project activities include training each of the 91 sworn officers during an in-service rotation. Each officer will be trained a total of four hours with the less lethal/non-lethal tools. The officer will complete the trainings as well as qualify in the training process. The expected outcome of this project will be for the officers to have a less lethal/ non-lethal option when the officer would have been forced to use more aggressive means of controlling subjects and resolving situations. The police officers, subjects, and the public are the intended beneficiaries of this project as the use of these tools will temporarily incapacitate the uncooperative subject with little or no serious bodily harm.