A six-month Bay of Plenty trial involving police using a more
concentrated gel-based pepper spray has been extended.
Police said today they would continue with trialling the new
form of OC (oleoresin capsicum) pepper spray.
The spray contains approximately six times more capsicum than
the current spray, meaning that it has a more effective
immediate impact, and takes slightly longer to wear off. It
also contains a non-permanent natural red pigment, which aids
aiming and placement of the spray.
The extended trial be held in the eastern police district,
following the evaluation of two forms of the spray in the Bay
of Plenty in November last year - a traditional liquid
stream-based spray and the slightly thicker gel-based
National manager operational services Inspector Jason Ross
said police favoured the gel-based spray which they believed
was less affected by wind and other environmental conditions.
This meant less risk of cross-contamination. Also, due to its
slightly thicker consistency, it had greater range, Mr Ross
In the meantime, the stream-based version of the spray will
continue to be trialled in the Bay of Plenty alongside the
Eastern District gel spray trial.