In this Aug. 19, 2017 photo, an electric kettle sits on a kitchen shelf at the Breville Electric Kettle in Breville, Texas.
In this August 19, 2016 photo, a police kettle sits in the kitchen of a house in BreVILLE, Texas, as part of a nationwide program to test the effectiveness of police kettle deployment in cities around the country.
A police kettle is a portable kettle that’s powered by an electrical generator.
The kettle can also be used to administer food, water and other services to police officers.
(AP Photo/Cody Duty)The program is designed to test police kettle deployments across the country as part a nationwide effort to test how well the technology can help improve public safety.
It’s been dubbed the “KitchenAid for kettle service,” and it’s aimed at helping to save lives.
More than 2,000 officers in the United States and more than 1,000 in Canada have received training through the program since April, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The program started with a pilot program in Dallas in May and is expected to be expanded throughout the country, said Dallas Police Chief Art Acevedo.
In Breville in Texas, the first police kettle was placed on a street corner in June and has been tested in the city since.
“It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” said Breville resident Lisa Stump, who said she was initially skeptical about the concept.
“We thought, ‘This is going to be a gimmick.’
I was like, ‘No, it’s going to help us save lives,'” she said.”
And it has,” said Stump.
The first kettle is equipped with a camera and GPS tracking that allows officers to see where the kettle is placed, and when it’s not in use.
The kettle was first deployed in Dallas on June 29, 2016, when police officers in Breesville, Texas started using the device.
“As a community, we all want to have the safety of our community,” Acevede said.
“We want to know what’s going on, and if the kettle has been properly deployed, then we know what to do to make sure it’s safe.”
Breville, a city of about 6,000 residents about 80 miles southwest of Dallas, began using the kettle to dispense water and food to officers on March 4, 2016.
The city said it expects to have about 1,100 officers in use, but Acevedi said there are still more deployments planned.
The police kettle program is not new to Texas.
The city started using it in 2011, but the program is currently in its second year.
Acevedo said the first deployment was a surprise, and the first few times he and other officers tried the kettle, they thought it was a gimmick.
But as the years went by, officers began to see how effective the kettle can be.
In September 2016, Breville and other police departments across the state began testing the technology in response to a nationwide wave of shootings in Dallas.
A few days later, Breesville Police Chief Greg Davis was killed in a shootout with police, leaving the city’s officers to make the most of the new tool.
“This is not a gimmick, and we’re going to take it to its logical conclusion,” Aceveo said.