Posted: Jun 15, 2013 7:46 AM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
Updated: Jun 15, 2013 7:50 AM
It wasn't an ordinary day on the job for some Bozeman residents. In fact, it was quite shocking.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office hosted a training session Friday on taser instruction.
More than 25 law enforcement and detention officers learned how to safely use tasers.
Gallatin County Detention Center Corporal Sean Fliehman even got to feel what it's like to be tased for himself.
"It was probably the most painful thing I've ever had done to me for five seconds," he said.
The two-day course allows officers to become certified taser instructors.
They can then teach co-workers how to safely use the device in work-settings .
Senior Master Instructor Tom Munsey says tasers are becoming a standard tool.
"It's become the new normal," said Munsey. "Everybody knows what tasers are. And most law enforcement in the United States carry tasers."
Tasers like these allow officers to reduce injuries to themselves and the public.
It gives them another option than pulling out a gun.
Corporal Fleihman says the effects are instantly immobilizing but only temporary.
"It hurt but after the five seconds, I was able to get up and recover very quickly," said Fleihman.
The newly trained officers say they are looking forward to having the tool as an alternative to guns.