TEMPE, Ariz., May 3, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wrap Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: WRAP) (“Wrap” or the “Company”), a global leader in innovative public safety technologies and services, today announced that the Company is sponsoring a major networking event during the inaugural Professionalizing Law Enforcement Community Engagement Training (PLEASE) National Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, from 3-6 May 2023. The conference brings together law enforcement agencies and communities and hosts law enforcement representatives and officers from all 50 states.
The PLECET conference will feature a premier group of instructors, speakers, presenters, community leaders, academics, researchers and community engagement practitioners who will share insights and best practices to build stronger trust, connections and community relations. Through a series of workshops, live demonstrations and networking opportunities, these law enforcement experts and professionals also aim to expand their understanding of new technological solutions to prevent escalation and uses of force to keep officers and the community safe.
Due to the increase in substance use disorders (SUDs), often caused by opioid use, and emotionally disturbed persons (EDPs) in crisis, local law enforcement agencies often serve as the first responders to many mental health-related calls. In fact, an estimated 20% of police calls involve a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Traditional methods used to restrain individuals can quickly escalate to the use of force, instilling a sense of hesitancy in communities to reach out for help during crises. As a result, it is more important than ever to improve the relationship between law enforcement agencies and their communities. De-escalation solutions are needed to keep communities safe and better equip officers in crisis situations. By bringing law enforcement and community members together to share insights and best practices, we can build stronger trust, connections and community relations.
Kevin Mullins, CEO of Wrap Technologies, will speak at the Wrap-sponsored reception on Thursday, May 4 from 19:00-22:00 Eastern Time at Guardian Works private event space (775 Echo Street, NW, Atlanta, GA) 30318). He will be joined by MovementForward, Inc. CEO and PLECET Conference Organizer, Reverend Markel Hutchins, to encourage greater community engagement with officers across the country and world. Wrap Technologies is dedicated to preventing escalation and use of force whenever possible, while helping law enforcement agencies establish trust and better community relations in the neighborhoods they serve, live in and support.
“Community engagement is one of the most critical and far-reaching challenges facing law enforcement — and impacts public safety at all levels,” Mullins said. “We are honored to support and participate in this effort by providing demonstrations of BolaWrap, which helps prevent escalation when restrained and individual. Additionally, we look forward to engaging with this group and learning from like-minded law enforcement professionals , who prioritize serving their communities effectively. This event comes at a critical time for communities and law enforcement agencies to come together and create a safer environment that keeps officers and communities safe.”
Rev. Hutchins stated, “We are pleased and grateful to have Wrap Technologies as a partner in our efforts to build bridges between police officers and community residents. Every law enforcement officer in our country should be equipped with the BolaWrap device due to its great potential to save lives and save careers.”
The Professionalizing Law Enforcement-Community Engagement Training (PLECET) National Conference is an annual specialized training, networking and professional development conference for sworn and non-sworn personnel assigned to community engagement roles in law enforcement agencies across the country.
PLECET was founded by noted social change and civil rights leader Reverend Markel Hutchins in partnership with the Movement Forward organization, a modern, inclusive social change organization working to protect, promote and advance the civil and human rights of all people. The Atlanta-based social change organization also hosts the acclaimed annual National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue) with the support of the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
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Wrap Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: WRAP) is a global public safety technology and services company that provides secure and efficient policing solutions to law enforcement and security personnel around the world. Wrap is leading the movement for safer policing by equipping officers with injury-free, non-pain compliance tools and immersive training for the modern world. The company’s solutions, products and services include the BolaWrap® Remote Restraint Device and Wrap Reality™.
Wrap’s BolaWrap® Remote Restraint Device is a patented, hand-held pre-escalation and apprehension tool that delivers a Kevlar® tether to safely restrain individuals without pain, injury or the need to use higher levels of force. BolaWrap® has been deployed to over 900 agencies in the United States, including Los Angeles, Detroit and New York City, and across 58 countries.
Wrap Reality™, the company’s virtual reality training system, is a fully immersive training simulator and comprehensive public safety training platform that provides first responders with the discipline and practice of methods for de-escalation, conflict resolution, beyond shoot-no-shoot scenarios, focusing on verbal communication and prevention of escalation. Through its growing availability of real-life scenarios, Wrap Reality™ covers all facets of law enforcement training from verbal commands to tactical use of force.
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