ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Ashland Police Department wants to make some changes to its tasers and body cameras.
Police Chief Tighe O'Meara said he asked the City Council if he could rearrange money already in his budget to sign up for a new prescription that would include the latest generation of conducted energy weapons and body cameras.
The department's current conducted energy weapons were all black until several months ago when the department had high visibility yellow stickers added. The new tasers would have a high visibility yellow handles.
"It minimizes the risk that it's going to be confused with a lethal hand gun," O'Meara said.
He said the weapon's technology syncs up with the officer's body cameras to save them from having to turn the recording on.
"If you have five officers on a scene and one officer pulls out a conducted energy weapon and turns it on, that activates the body camera for every one of those five officers," O'Meara said.
O'Meara said the new equipment would require some additional training, but it would not be very much.