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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

Improving ECW Tactics and Policies

Improving ECW Tactics and Policies

A TASER is an effective tool when the situation calls for a non-lethal approach, but to properly use it, you need to do more than just pull the trigger.

August 21, 2015

IACP 2014: Report from the Aisles

IACP 2014: Report from the Aisles

Here's a look at wearable video systems and officer-worn evidence capture equipment as well as some of the other cool products at IACP 2014.

December 2, 2014

A Use-of-Force Continuum for Dealing with Dogs

A Use-of-Force Continuum for Dealing with Dogs

If the owner or another person known to the dog is not available, you may be able to gain the dog’s acceptance by softening your approach. Dog experts recommend you stop moving toward the dog, assume a bladed stance sideways to the dog, and avoid eye contact, while talking to him in a strong, reassuring tone. This may have a calming effect that will allow you to safely conduct your business and leave.

November 4, 2014

IACP 2013: Both Sides of Today’s Police Products

IACP 2013: Both Sides of Today’s Police Products

There's the stuff that you would expect to see at any law enforcement exposition and there's the stuff that seems to have dropped out of a science fiction movie. And all of it has the potential to be important to what you do in contemporary policing.

December 23, 2013

12 Great Holiday Gifts for Cops

12 Great Holiday Gifts for Cops

Once again, the editors of POLICE Magazine offer you our annual holiday gift guide. Note: We've allowed some inflation this year. The price limit for 2010 is $350 (Yes, we know. That's a substantial gift).

December 20, 2010

TASER X3: Three in One

TASER X3: Three in One

The three-shot TASER pistol marketed as the X3 has been one of the company's most secret projects. It's also been a product that cops have been requesting for years.

August 31, 2009

The State of American Law Enforcement - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
TASER Defense

TASER Defense

To prevent a subject from getting near any of your weapons, create a defensive wedge with your two arms and push the subject away. You should then be able to deploy your TASER from the proper distance.

October 1, 2008

Trusty Sidekicks

From mats to padded gear to simulated weapons, safety begins with training using the right equipment.

March 1, 2008

By the Numbers

The police in my area made national news when a local dog owner and repeat offender of the leash law tricked them into issuing a citation for a $50 fine to his dog. The dog owner made a mockery of the situation by requesting a hearing on behalf of the dog, and reporters found that very amusing.

January 1, 2006

Training Aids

Training Aids

The proper equipment can make your training safer and more effective.

January 1, 2006

Short Bursts

To be honest, I've never liked writing a hodge-podge of an editorial note. It's kind of a cheat. But I have a lot of things to talk about this month and, since this is my only platform to do it, I'm going to machine-gun some stuff at you.

July 1, 2005

Shock Treatment

Because the high-powered Taser has been so swiftly fielded by so many agencies, there is no consensus on how officers who carry the weapon should be trained. Despite the fact that Taser International no longer emphasizes that all users should be stunned with the weapon, people at the company believe there are many reasons for departments to consider mandatory exposure.

January 1, 2004

M26 TASER: Hand-Held Lightning?

TASER is once again a "hot topic" in resistance control circles. The newest version of this 35-year-old technology is the M26 Advanced TASER and it offers a number of improvements over earlier devices.

September 1, 2001

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