The Salisbury Police Department has begun its pilot project of putting Tasers in the hands of its officers.
The police say the deployment of the weapon comes after extensive research, training and support from the Mayor and City Council.
Authorities say that studies show the Taser may deter violent behavior and cut down on injuries to both suspects and officers.
Officers are required to complete a certified training course before being issued a Taser.
The Department will monitor their use for one year during the pilot program.