Senate votes to equip corrections officers with pepper spray

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that allows state corrections officers to carry pepper spray is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk after unanimous approval in the state Senate.

House Bill 2084 requires the state Department of Corrections to issue canisters of oleoresin capsicum aerosol, or OC, to officers working in medium- and high-security state prisons.

The officers would receive training and would have to take refresher courses each year.

Supporters say pepper spray can deter prison assaults and protect corrections officers, but only a few officers had been allowed to carry it.

The bill becomes law 60 days after the governor’s signature, so the spray could be available in state prisons by January.

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