Jasper police use drug forfeiture money to buy new gadgets

JASPER, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

JASPER, AL (WBRC) - Jasper police hope a newly acquired tool will help catch stray and dangerous animals in the city. Police Chief Danny Patton used drug forfeiture money to purchase two state-of-the-art net guns. The devices use a carbon dioxide cartridge to shoot a large net designed to quickly capture animals safely and humanely.

Chief Patton said the device will not harm animals or officers. "The reason I decided to order the guns is I get a lot of complaints about stray animals," said Chief Patton. "I felt this is the most humane way to capture the animal, and make the community safer."

The stray animal problem is widespread through the area.

John Tune, the animal control officer for the Jasper Police Department, said he felt the net gun would help him do his job. "I think once we get all the nuances figured out, it will be an effective tool for the entire department," said Tune.

One of the guns will be utilized by the Animal Control Division, while the other is for patrol officers. Chief Patton said he is planning to train all officers in the department to use the device.

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