TASER International, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions and the market leader in electronic control devices (ECDs), announced that agents assigned to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) are field testing 28 TASER X26 ECDs and 28 TASER CAM systems. The deployment of the TASERs is being conducted as a pilot program. Once the program has been completed, a decision will be made as to a state-wide OCS issuance.
"Officer safety is always a top priority. Given the uncertain situations our agents find themselves in and the risk of danger, we welcome this opportunity to field test these systems in our pilot program," said Anthony Chaus, assistant secretary of the OCS. "The TASER X26 and the TASER CAM have the potential to keep officers safe, protect lives, reduce injuries, and increase accountability. OCS agents have already successfully deployed the TASER X26. This pilot will help us determine the effectiveness of these systems in officer safety," Chaus added.
"According to the California Division of Labor Statistics and Research, there were 1,685 injuries to correctional officers in 2006," said Paul Hughes, director of new markets for TASER International. "We at TASER International believe that TASER X26 ECD will help protect lives and keep agents of the CDCR's OCS safe."
TASER ECDs are deployed by more than 14,000 law enforcement and military agencies in more than 45 countries around the world. The TASER X26 device has a data download capability that verifies the date, time, duration, temperature and battery status of each use of a device.
The TASER CAM attaches to the handle of the TASER X26 ECD and provides additional officer accountability by capturing low light video and audio of an incident involving a TASER device.
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International's products protect life. TASER provides advanced Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) for use in the law enforcement, medical, military, corrections, professional security, and personal protection markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. For more information, visit www.TASER.com.