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August 15, 2013

Fun in the stun: OSU Police Department puts equipment, skills on display

STILLWATER, Okla. — There’s one word to describe the Oklahoma State University Police Department Expo Wednesday — stunning.

A live Taser demonstration drew the biggest crowds at the annual Expo, which is part of the unversity’s Welcome Week.

OSU concierge Matt Fletcher volunteered to take one for the Pokes. With a large mat in front of him and two OSU Police officers on his left and right, Fletcher felt the sting and stun of a Taser. Two leads fired into their target. One hit and lodged in his back. The other settled below the waist. Soon, 1,200 volts forced Fletcher to lurch forward to the mat.

A few seconds later, Fletcher face down on the mat, gave the thumbs up sign to let everyone know he was OK. And the crowd started chanting — Matt! Matt! Matt.

 “They (the officers) did a good job of distracting me,” Fletcher said. “It’s an intense pain at first."

One student came to the Expo after Fletcher posted a Tweet saying he would be in the Taser demonstration.

Michael Perez said the demonstration was everything he expected it to be.

OSU Police had everything on display at the Expo, which was held in the Wes Watkins Center this year. Police cruisers, boats, bicycles and Segways caught the eye.

The demonstration of Tasers, self-defense, flash-bang devices, polygraph tests proved to be the draws.

OSU Police Chief Michael Robinson said he was pleased with the turnout.

“We did a better job of advertising and hosting the event during Eelcome Week,” he said. "It is a chance to see that we are people like everyone else and no one is under stress or pressure. We hope to build trust and confidence with the community."

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