(NEWSER) – If you run into a police officer in Anderson, California, don't be surprised if he's sporting some nunchucks instead of a baton. The Northern California police department is outfitting its 20 officers with the weapon popularized by Bruce Lee because it wanted another nonlethal way to bring a suspect under control while minimizing officer and suspect injuries.

The Los Angeles Times has illustrations showing how nunchucks can be used in place of a baton to restrain a suspect by winding around an ankle or wrist. "It gives us the ability to control a suspect instead of striking them," says Sgt. Casey Day, who's already been trained on the weapon and plans to use it instead of a baton. He notes that nunchucks also allow for distance between an officer and a suspect, but that they can be used as an "impact weapon" as well if need be.

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