TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Wrap”) (Nasdaq: WRTC) announced its first purchase orders for BolaWrap products and accessories from agencies in the states of Nevada and Arkansas. Since July 1st, the Company has received initial and repeat purchase orders from law enforcement agencies across 13 states. As a result, more than 215 agencies across 44 states now have BolaWrap devices.
“We are very encouraged by the expansion of our domestic presence and our improving market position as more agencies across the United States continue to adopt the BolaWrap,” said Tom Smith, President of Wrap Technologies. “The progression is similar to what I personally witnessed as the law enforcement community adopted the TASER. Initially, agencies attend demonstrations of a new product. Then, they are trained with the device and purchase products for field testing before ultimately outfitting their entire agency. It’s exciting to see a growing flow of initial and repeat orders placed by agencies for the BolaWrap as they move towards outfitting their frontline officers.”
Despite a 67 day interruption of BolaWrap training due to COVID-19, Wrap Training Academy has conducted 66% more trainings year-to-date than it did in the entirety of 2019 and 329% more trainings during the months of July and August this year relative to 2019.
In July of this year, the Cincinnati Police Department and Hamilton County Police Department, two large agencies in Ohio, attended BolaWrap demonstrations. As a follow-on commitment, each department recently received BolaWrap training and are now beginning field trials.
Heather McEntire, Training Coordinator at Wrap Technologies, commented, “The demand for BolaWrap training continues to grow. More recently, many agencies have volunteered to host regional ‘Train-The-Trainers’ events, enabling trainers from other local agencies to also receive training. Having multiple agencies attend trainings together has not only improved our training efficiency, but it also demonstrates the eagerness of the law enforcement community to add our BolaWrap remote restraint device to their belts.”
A selection of recent local media coverage of U.S. agencies and the BolaWrap can be viewed below:
Cincinnati Police Department
Novato Police Department
Morris County Police Department
Redwood Falls Police Department
Gary Police Department
Hutchinson City Police Department
About Wrap Technologies (Nasdaq: WRTC)
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company’s BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to restrain an individual at a distance from 10 to 25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement in safely and effectively deescalating encounters, especially those involving an individual in crisis. BolaWrap 100 has already been used to safely apprehend suspects without injury by agencies in cities including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Bell, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, West Palm Beach, Fort Worth, and Oak Ridge. For information on the Company, please visit www.wraptechnologies.com.
Trademark Information: BolaWrap and Wrap are trademarks of Wrap Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.
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