Overview of the ASP Baton
The ASP baton began
replacing the PR-24 baton in the 1990's. Today, both are still out
there, but the ASP is becoming more common for newer officers.
A-S-P actually stands for
Armament Systems and Products which is the Wisconsin-based
company that founded the ASP.
Many prefer the ASP baton
since it is always carried as opposed to the PR-24 which must be grabbed
from where it is stored in the patrol car. Plus, since the ASP
baton is smaller, it can be carried by by plain clothed officers as
The manufacturer of the
ASP baton also points out:
field study by the Illinois State Police demonstrated that this
psychological impact often defuses a confrontation before it occurs.
The training program for the ASP Tactical Baton is more
comprehensive than other available programs. In addition to
providing more extensive court defense, the ASP Baton is more
defensible. It provides greater control with less tissue damage. The
baton can generate greater fluid shock waves and allows the officer
to recover faster than is possible with more traditional batons.
batons come in 16 inch, 21 inch, and 31 inch sizes and start at about
batons are considered weapons and should only be purchased after
consulting the laws of your state.
Officers can purchase ASP batons from Chief