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Police equipped with new Tasers through Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch's donation

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
Members of the Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch, with Aspinwall police Officer Mike Broker, after they donated money for the purchase of new Tasers.
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Members of the Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch, with Aspinwall police Officer Mike Broker, after they donated money for the purchase of new Tasers.

Aspinwall police will soon be outfitted with new Tasers.

Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch — a volunteer crime prevention group — gave $5,560 of a $6,336 donation that will be used to buy six Tasers for the department. Businesses and residents also contributed.

“It's enough to outfit each full-time officer with their own individually assigned Taser, holster, battery and cartridges,” Officer Mike Broker said.

There are five full-time officers and three part-timers in the department. The additonal device will be shared among the part-time officers.

Broker said that he attended an instructor's course to enable him to certify and instruct officers on proper use of the weapon.

Neighborhood Watch President Jenny Ellermeyer said her group raised more than $16,000 at its signature event, National Night Out — a yearly event to strengthen bonds between police and the community. Proceeds from the event were given to the police, volunteer fire department and Foxwall EMS. Each group decided how best to use the money.

“The current Tasers are more than 10 years old and in poor and unsafe condition,” Ellermeyer said. “I am so proud to hear that the National Night Out funds were used on something to keep our officers and community safe. That's what it's all about.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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