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October 09, 2008
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Two Mass. departments say less lethal options are sometimes the most appropriate

Ed Note: In the below article, Worcester police Chief Gary J. Gemme says about less lethal options that "...authorized officers can assess the situation and use the tool most appropriate.  In all applications, the appropriate tool is used and it minimizes harm to individuals and the officers." We encourage everyone who reads this article to also read the outstanding piece by Charles Remsberg, P1 Exclusive: An EDP’s surprising attack…and a sergeant’s teaching moment. Chuck is the author of  Blood Lessons: What Cops Learn From Life-Or-Death Encounters, available for purchase from PoliceOne Books by clicking here.  Be sure to also check out the P1TV interview in which Chuck talks with Dave Smith about Blood Lessions.


By Scott J. Croteau
The Telegram & Gazette Staff

Worcester police were called to a Main Street home Aug. 26 to investigate a report that a man was threatening to kill himself. Inside, they found him holding what appeared to be a handgun just below his neck.

Full story: Two Mass. departments say less lethal options are sometimes the most appropriate






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