Chapter 9 Exercise

Lead: On Saturday, April 2, the Connecticut State Police ordered a ban on handheld radar guns due to a possible link between cancer and long term exposure to the radiation waves emitted from the devices.

No other state police agency has ever made a ban exactly like this.

Two months prior, three municipal police officers from Meriden, Connecticut, claimed that they developed cancer from the long-term exposure to the radar guns.

“The feeling here is err on the side of caution until more is known about the issue,” State Police spokesman Adam Berluti said.

The ban requires 70 radar guns to be withdrawn from service. In the meantime, State troopers will still mount radar units with transmitters to the outside of their cruisers.

“The whole situation is under review,” Berluti said.