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Salisbury Police Considering New Crowd Control Methods

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Pictured is a long-range acoustic device, also known as a sound cannon. (Photo: WBOC) Pictured is a long-range acoustic device, also known as a sound cannon. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury City Council has given preliminary approval to buy a long-range acoustic device for the city's police department.

Just a few weeks ago, Salisbury police used pepper spray to disperse hundreds of Salisbury University students from a rowdy off-campus party that occurred on Hazel Avenue and Smith Street. But police believe a long-range acoustic device, also known as a sound cannon, would be another useful tool for crowd control.

"I think it would certainly get everybody's attention because it's a sound that's not like the fire department, it's not like the regular police sirens," Diane Beckett said of the sound cannon.

In addition to the loud sound it emits, the device can also deliver messages during an emergency.

"I think if someone is out there being unruly, it would definitely catch their attention most likely," Brian Scott said.

But some people are not in favor of the new device.

"Absolutely not, it seems like more of a war device. It's something we don't need on our streets here," Trevor Santora said.

And the $37,000 price tag worries Santora, who said, "It seems like it's too much money."

However, others say the cost is worth it.

"If the city can justify the return on investment, then I think it could save lives. The good for the one the good for the many, if they can justify it," Scott said.

The council is expected to give final approval on the device next month. 

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