State College Police Department

State College, Penn State University Park police officials to discuss implementation of Tasers at 2:30 p.m.
Penn State University Police and State College Police have announced the joint implementation of Tasers for trained police officers. Tasers, which use an electrical impulse to briefly immobilize violent or resisting suspects, provide a safer option for arresting individuals who are clearly at risk of harming themselves or others. The devices, commonly carried by police nationwide, will be carried by State College Police officers and Penn State University Park police officers effective today (Feb. 24). With the joint announcement, Penn State’s University Park police and the State College Police Department are the last to add Tasers among all police departments in Centre County.
Tom King, chief of the State College Police Department, and Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for University Police and Public Safety at Penn State, will be available to field questions on the topic during the State College Police Department briefing, at 2:30 p.m. in the State College Borough Municipal Building, at 243 S. Allen St. in State College. The meeting will be held in the second-floor community room.
LEARN MORE: To learn more about today's announcement, read a joint press release and FAQs, available at

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