Company that provides city police with technology makes stop in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — The city police department on Thursday hosted a company that provides it with technology such as body cameras and tasers.

Throughout the year, a team from Axon stops at police departments for a customer appreciation day and to educate and make departments aware of the new and existing technology it has available.

The Watertown Police Department hosted Axon on Thursday. Axon set up shop in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building and showcased technology like drones and tasers.

A tractor-trailer contained simulators and a full range for officers to work on their taser shooting.

In the past, Axon used to have separate events during which company representatives would bring their customers lunch and give them some free items as an appreciation event, and then another day they would visit departments and give demonstrations of their equipment.

Last year they decided to combine the two into the road show after a group of interns and college students came up with the idea, and it did well from the get-go.

Now, the Axon team will visit around 85 departments this year along the east coast from Maine to Florida. And at every department it visits, it invites surrounding agencies as well, such as the ones from Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

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