Medina company donates tactical robots to law enforcement

New crime fighting tool in Medina County

MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - It's 6 feet 2 inches tall, weights 350 pounds, and can run as fast as the average human. The tactical robot made in Medina is also one of the best training tools for law enforcement.

"We already do a lot of business with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, and those products we build include a lot of electric motors, wheels. We use those same technology and scale it down to make these tactical robots," said Rico CEO, Dave Mueller.

Rico is giving three tactical robots to the Median County Sheriff's Department, City of Medina Police, and Montville Police.

"In this day and age what goes on in law enforcement, anything we can do to simulate closer to real life situations benefits not just our officers, but it benefits our communities," said Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller.

The robots are bullet-proof and have a sensor that goes off it has been hit. It also has voice controls and has a moving arm equipped with and without a gun.

"It gives our department more realistic training," Miller said.

With a price tag of $12,000 each, many departments wouldn't be able to afford this advanced technology.

"It's incalculable how much better it's going to make our training program," Miller said.

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