The department is bringing back tasers after a near five year hiatus. This time, the devices will be equipped with video cameras. All 106 deputies will be trained to use them under a revamped program.
Sheriff Richard Meyers says while the decision to use tasers should never be taken lightly, they are a less lethal alternative to a gun.
"When you use your side arm, that's a pretty final step, " said Meyers. "So there may be times in what our officers are doing where they can still protect themselves and not have to use that lethal force by using a taser."
Both Winnebago County and Rockford Police put the tasers away after finding out the potential for heart attack.
The Rockford Police are still debating whether to bring the tool back .