Two officers with the Cadiz Police Department recently completed training that certifies them as PepperBall instructors. Major Duncan Wiggins and Sgt. Chad Grace completed the 16-hour training program last week in Central City. They will now be able to design a course in the safe and effective use of the system.
The Cadiz Police Department has utilized the PepperBall system for nearly 10 years, with Major Wiggins the first instructor for the department. The PepperBall launcher is a hopper-fed, high pressure air launcher, that launches a hard-cased projectile filled with pepper powder that bursts on impact.
The PepperBall launcher is used in non-lethal situations and can control a suspect from up to 150 feet. It can also be used for crowd control in certain situations. The department has two launchers for officers to carry in their vehicles and be at their disposal if needed.