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Pepper Spray

During the 1993-94 inservice training sessions every member of the Patrol was issued “O.C.” (oleoresin capsicum solution) spray. Commonly referred to as “pepper mace,” O.C. spray is dispensed in both a liquid and a vapor form. The Patrol selected a liquid spray because it is more easily controlled. As part of the training, troopers are sprayed in the eyes with a small amount of O.C. so they personally know how it feels. The burning sensation, although immediate and intense, subsides in approximately 20 minutes. Pepper spray is one more non-lethal tool which all troopers now have available to them as they confront hostile subjects.