Turkish police given new spring-action batons
AA photoTurkish police provided a maiden demonstration of the force’s new spring-action batons to members of the press today.
The new batons will help police neutralize assailants without the use of excessive force "when they are used professionally," said the police department’s deputy in charge of public safety, Ercan Taştekin.
Three types of batons were given to the police: spring-activated batons that will unfurl with the press of a button, motion-activated batons that extend to full-length with a flick of the wrist and screw types that require the user to unscrew and extend the baton.
The batons will especially be used in cases where "psychopathic" individuals mean to cause harm to themselves or to others using sharp weapons and objects.
They will be distributed to 6,000 officers at first and will only be used by personnel who have received training on how to use the weapon, Taştekin said.