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Batons: More Than Just a Club

Batons: More Than Just a Club

The baton is a multi-purpose tool that you can use to strike a subject, push a subject away, or as a lever to move a subject into a control position.

May 3, 2018

San Francisco Police Commission Approves Restrictive Taser Policy

Officers are limited from using Tasers in special circumstances, including when a person is pregnant, elderly, frail, appears to be a child or when the officer has “credible information” the person is suffering from a serious medical or psychiatric condition.

March 15, 2018

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

The pressure on American law enforcement agencies to field tools that can subdue dangerous armed and unarmed individuals without using deadly force has never been greater than today. The answer according to many experts is less-lethal weapons that can be fired from a distance and effect subjects with blunt force or chemical irritant or both.

March 10, 2017

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

March 8, 2016

N.J. Police Can Now Use Stun Guns in More Situations

North Jersey law enforcement officials praised new guidelines Thursday that give officers broader discretion in deciding when to deploy stun guns, while a leading civil rights organization criticized them as giving too much power to police.

March 4, 2016

NYPD Hopes More Potent Pepper Spray Will Lead to Fewer Police Shootings
Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

It's well known that an offender who decides to resist arrest or attack a police officer must consider the possibility of being injured or even killed for doing so. What is unknown is how the proliferation of less-lethal weapons has changed and will change the way these men and women think.

November 26, 2014

Arresting Active Resisters

Arresting Active Resisters

You have to make split-second decisions when it comes to use of force while effecting an arrest. Training in strategy and tactics, control and verbal techniques, and proper use of force are essential for you to make proper decisions.

June 26, 2013

Less-Lethal Weapon Options

Less-Lethal Weapon Options

At present, less-lethal weapons are a fact of life. It's hard to find an agency that doesn't use at least one in one form or another. With technology advances being what they are, there are more options today than ever before. Let's look at some of the available technologies and how they make a difference.

March 6, 2013

Less-Lethal Options

Less-Lethal Options

Law enforcement officers have plenty of less-lethal options to avoid a deadly force encounter, including light, chemical agents, conducted electrical weapons, projectile weapons, and launchable pepper projectiles. Read more in our March feature "Less-Lethal Weapon Options" and make sure to train with your mutual-aid agencies. Photos by Mark W. Clark and Amaury Murgado.

March 5, 2013

Video: Okla. Cop Suspended for TASERing Drunk Woman

Ohio Police Department Shuts Down

City administrators shut down the Mount Sterling (Ohio) Police Department, after an officer used a TASER on a 9-year-old boy earlier this month. The incident apparently began when the boy refused to go to school.

March 12, 2012

Not Going for the Kill

Not Going for the Kill

A SWAT team is called out to a barricade situation. A man holed up in his house claims to have a hostage, and negotiators are getting nowhere as the subject refuses to surrender. Now tactical teams can employ multiple less-lethal options to help end such a situation at different points throughout an incident without employing lethal force.

March 31, 2010

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