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Canandaigua police seek PepperBall launchers as non-lethal force option

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The Canandaigua Police Department is considering the addition of PepperBall launchers to their arsenal, offering officers a non-lethal alternative during high-risk confrontations.

Police Chief Mathew Nielsen recently made a formal request for the equipment’s purchase, which has gained the support of the City Council’s Finance Committee.


The proposal is now awaiting the final decision from the entire Council.

Nielsen stressed the department’s commitment to exploring alternative equipment and training that could provide officers with non-lethal solutions.

Nielsen elaborated on the PepperBall launcher’s benefits, noting that it can impair a suspect’s vision, hinder deep lung breathing, cause inward-focused pain, and induce temporary motor dysfunction.

For implementation, Nielsen requested the acquisition of six Sabre SL-R12 launchers, along with necessary accessories, ammunition, and training equipment, at a total cost of $12,000.