Humboldt County Sheriff press release, 

Sheriff Michael Downey is pleased to announce that on 10-17-2014, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a $9,600.00 check from an anonymous donor. The donor learned the Sheriff’s Office was in need of additional Tasers for the patrol division, so the donor provided a $9,600.00 check to the Sheriff’s Office. This will allow the Sheriff’s Office to purchase eight additional Taser which cost approximately $1,200.00 each. All patrol deputies will now be outfitted with Tasers which the Sheriff’s Office has been issuing to patrol deputies since June 2003. The Taser has proven to be one of the safest and most effective tools in modern police work. It gives deputies another non-lethal force option when dealing with resistive and violent suspects. 

“Tasers have helped our deputies and the citizens we serve. They have allowed us to take resistive and violent suspects into custody minimizing injuries to the suspect or our deputies. This generous donation will assure all our deputies have this valuable tool,” Humboldt County Sheriff Michael Downey