NEXT GENERATION REMOTE RESTRAINT
Each cartridge contains a eight-foot Kevlar® tether. Quick refresh enables reload time of 3-8 seconds.
Powered by a .380 partial charge blank, the BolaWrap exits at 640 feet per second and wraps 1-3 times at an effective range of 10-25 feet.
SUSPECT IS WRAPPED
Suspects are restrained with minimal to no pain, while also enabling officers to swarm and investigate the situation.
Discover BOLA WRAP
Meet the Inventor
- Who is Wrap Technologies?
- What is the BolaWrap?
- What are the benefits of the BolaWrap?
- In which situations should the BolaWrap be used?
- What is De-escalation and Use of Force?
- How do police officers deal with subjects who pose a threat but refuse to comply with officer commands?
- Has the BolaWrap been used on any subjects in real life?
- How many police departments are carrying the BolaWrap?
- Is the BolaWrap being used internationally?
- Are Human Rights Organizations supportive of the BolaWrap’s implementation?
- Is the BolaWrap dangerous?
- What if the subject is running, will the BolaWrap still be used and will it work?
- How is the gunshot-like sound emitted by deploying the BolaWrap helpful during real life scenarios?
- How is the BolaWrap carried? Is there enough space on the police officer’s duty belt to carry the BolaWrap?
- What does the training for the BolaWrap consist of?
- Is the BolaWrap expensive?
- Who invented the BolaWrap?
- Was the BolaWrap inspired by a superhero?
- Can the public or private security companies purchase the BolaWrap?
Who is Wrap Technologies?
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions with a mission to create advanced technologies for the safety and security of public safety. Wrap’s headquarters is located in Tempe, AZ. The company also has offices in Lake Forest, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and New York, NY. Wrap was founded in 2016 and is a publicly traded company listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under ticker symbol WRTC. Wrap’s flagship product is the BolaWrap Remote Restraint device, and the company has multiple other products in development. All BolaWrap products are manufactured in the USA, at Wrap’s headquarters.
What is the BolaWrap?
Thought of as “Remote Handcuffs”, the BolaWrap® is a hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an 8-foot bola style Kevlar® tether at 513 feet per second to wrap a subject’s legs or arms at an effective range of 10-25 feet.
Each tether has a 4-pronged hook on either end. The tether and its hooks are contained in a cartridge. Each cartridge contains and is powered by a partial charge .380 blank. To deploy the tether: the officer loads a cartridge into the device, a safety is turned to the off position which then automatically illuminates a green line laser for accuracy. The officer then manually moves the slide handle to the rear, and the activation button is pressed to deploy the tether. Each cartridge can only be used once, and a new cartridge can be reloaded into the device in approximately 3 seconds.
What are the benefits of the BolaWrap?
Created for law enforcement and the military, BolaWrap is the only remote response to resistance tool that ensures a safe space between the subject and officer. It
does not rely on pain compliance and is specifically designed to be deployed early in an encounter to decrease the potential for injury to the subject, bystanders or
the officer. Inflicting pain often escalates encounters, BolaWrap’s non-threatening form allows time to de-escalate and provide needed support for the person in
In which situations should the BolaWrap be used?
BolaWrap was designed to be used on non-compliant subjects who need to be detained but are not responding to verbal commands of officers. Before an encounter escalates to a point where lethal force is needed to be used, the BolaWrap can be deployed to help safely restrain a subject from a distance, without relying on inflicting pain to gain compliance.
Ultimately, each law enforcement or military agency creates their own policy and procedures for their agency to determine when the BolaWrap should be used by their agency. Wrap suggests the following scenarios for when BolaWrap deployment should be used:
● Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP)
● Passively resistant and non-compliant subjects
● Mildly aggressive non-compliant subjects
● Mentally ill subjects
● Suicidal subjects/Persons in crisis
● Subjects under the influence of alcohol and drugs
● Armed (not with a firearm), non-assaultive, non-compliant, non-mobile
● SWAT operations
● Riot control
What is De-escalation and Use of Force?
When encountering a subject who must be detained, officers are faced with the daunting task of de-escalating the situation (according to De-escalation Techniques, de-escalation is the act of moving from a state of high tension to a state of reduced tension) and taking the subject into custody without injury to the
subject, the officer, or bystanders.
In general, the amount of resistance an officer faces from a noncompliant subject will determine the amount of force the officer will be allowed to use in order to
achieve compliance from the subject. According to the National Institute of Justice, use of force can be defined as the “amount of effort required by police to
compel compliance by an unwilling subject”. The various levels of force that an officer can use is referred to as the Use of Force Continuum. Verbal commands
exist on the very low end of the Use of Force Continuum, while the use of deadly force exists on the very high end. BolaWrap is considered by law enforcement to
be positioned on the low end of the Use of Force Continuum.
How do police officers deal with subjects who pose a threat but refuse to comply with officer commands?
Police officers today are the de-facto social services for communities in crisis. Police officers are constantly faced with noncompliant subjects who are either experiencing a mental health crisis, are in a drug induced psychosis, or in some state of being that disables them from being able to respond or comply to the commands of an officer. These noncompliant subjects often pose a serious threat to themselves, others, or the officers, and they must be detained.
The use of higher levels of force may lead to serious injury or death. Although the use of higher levels of force may be warranted and justified, the optics are often not understood and do not present a positive image of law enforcement. If de-escalation tactics are not successful on a mentally ill or drug impaired subject, and the subject poses a serious threat to him/herself or others, law enforcement agencies and officers are faced with a perilous choice of which pain compliance tool to use to subdue and control the subject. This quandary has resulted in the De-policing Phenomena – 76% of police officers say they are more reluctant to use force when appropriate out of fear of negative optics. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, more than 1 in 10 police encounters involve mentally ill subjects, and 1 in 4 fatal police encounters involve mentally ill subjects.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired NYPD Police Captain recently said, “Every four minutes in the city [NYC], there is a call for an emotionally disturbed person (EDP).” Sheriff Jim Hart of Santa Cruz County recently stated, “Deputies respond 10 times a day to people experiencing serious mental health crises, which translates to roughly 3,000 responses annually.”
The BolaWrap is intended to serve as an additional tool to help officers safely restrain subjects who are not complying, without having to resort to the use of higher levels of force. For a comprehensive report on Refining the Role of Less-Lethal Technologies, by the Police Executive Research Forum, click here.
Has the BolaWrap been used on any subjects in real life?
The BolaWrap has been used on subjects in the field numerous times by various law enforcement agencies across the United States. In many instances, the mere presence of the BolaWrap’s green line laser was enough to motivate the subject to comply. In other instances, the BolaWrap was deployed to successfully wrap and de-escalate the encounter, enabling the officer to take the subject into custody without harm to the subject, the officer, or others. The shock factor created by the sudden wrap and the loud sound of the BolaWrap being deployed greatly assisted in the de-escalation of many encounters.
How many police departments are carrying the BolaWrap?
There are currently more than 120 police agencies throughout the United States who are carrying the BolaWrap, with many more agencies currently in the process of training and writing policies for their department. Since the beginning of 2018, more than 1600 police agencies have reached out directly to the company requesting BolaWrap demonstrations, training and quotes. The company spent 2019 building out a nationwide distributor network to support the company’s distribution of the BolaWrap in the United States. The company now has 11 US distributors covering 45 states.
Is the BolaWrap being used internationally?
The Company has delivered BolaWrap products to 22 different countries thus far. Each country is in various stages of either testing or carrying the BolaWrap. The
company has 16 international distributors covering 26 countries to facilitate global distributors, with more export licenses and distributors in the process of being
Are Human Rights Organizations supportive of the BolaWrap’s implementation?
Activist Redditt Hudson, Chairman of the Board of The Ethics Project and Regional Field Director of the the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said about the BolaWrap, “Anytime you can have a more humane response to someone in crisis, it’s not only good for the department, it’s good for society.”
The community sees the BolaWrap as a low-level force option that is not intended to cause pain to achieve compliance from a subject in mental crisis. Deescalation tactics and mental health training isn’t always enough when dealing with subjects in mental crisis who pose serious threats to themselves or others. With the BolaWrap, officers can safely restrain and detain subjects without risking serious injury to the subject, as would be the case were higher levels of force to be used.
Is the BolaWrap dangerous?
What if the subject is running, will the BolaWrap still be used and will it work?
How is the gunshot-like sound emitted by deploying the BolaWrap helpful during real life scenarios?
How is the BolaWrap carried? Is there enough space on the police officer’s duty belt to carry the BolaWrap?
What does the training for the BolaWrap consist of?
Is the BolaWrap expensive?
Who invented the BolaWrap?
80 U.S. patents, primarily in the fields of electrical and acoustical engineering. Woody was the winner of the 2005 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his invention of a
“hypersonic sound” system which allows sound to be focused with high precision – a technology currently used in re-directional sound weapons by the military. For
more information on Woody, please visit https://wraptechnologies.com/about-us/.