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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017


DE RIDDER, LA. — Looking to offer something a little different as a grand prize for a fundraiser, organizers of a police raffle decided to give away the chance to Taser a police officer. A certified instructor would actually shoot the gun under controlled conditions to demonstrate what officers endure in training, according to police chief John Gott in De Ridder. While the idea garnered mixed reviews on social media, according to the American Press, the event and raffle were suggested by the officers themselves, said Gott: “They were the ones who came up with the idea to have a volunteer Tased as an education tool.” The officers also wanted the event to be light-hearted, he said. “They are willing to do whatever it takes to raise money to purchase toys for local families in need, and if it means putting themselves in front of a Taser, they are more than willing to do so.”