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Butte Police Go Through Taser Training

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The electricity was flowing in the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department Tuesday as all the officers went through their annual Taser training.

"We're doing our annual re-certification on our Taser training, so that our officers can carry a Taser for another year," said Undersheriff George Skuletich.

The training simulated real life scenarios.

This situation was of a man in a Laundromat who upon being asked to leave became unruly and as a result needed to be tased.

"A Taser is a self-defense weapon," said Skuletich. "Usually the guy is very aggressive towards us, or towards somebody else. So instead of going hands-on with him, there's less chance of him being injured and less chance of us being injured by using the Taser."

Every officer goes through the training on a yearly basis.

They learn when to use the Taser and how to properly shoot it.

"It basically interrupts the communication of your nervous from your brain center to the pain location," Skuletich said. "So they freeze up, and they usually fall to the ground or stiffen up."

The department has been using the Tasers since 2004.

They used the weapon a lot at first, but just twice in 2013.

"Since they don't use it that often, it's good to do," said Skuletich. "We do the same things with our firearms to make sure they're efficient with the weapon they are using."

The police officers will spend more time Wednesday training with the Tasers.

Part of the training is also taught in a classroom setting.

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