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Using Electronic Control Weapons

Using Electronic Control Weapons

Your agency's policy needs to specify in what situations ECWs can be used and the responsibilities of officers for gathering evidence after use.

March 27, 2020

Q&A: Axon's Rick Smith on the End of Deadly Force

Q&A: Axon's Rick Smith on the End of Deadly Force

Axon CEO Rick Smith is known for thinking and speaking about the next generation of technology. Now he is predicting that less-lethal weapons can almost eliminate fatal officer-involved shootings by 2030.

October 17, 2019

A 2030 Vision

A 2030 Vision

Can less-lethal weapons advance to the point that police can use them instead of deadly force? Axon's Rick Smith believes they can.

October 7, 2019

Body-Worn Cams: Making Sure You Get the Video

Body-Worn Cams: Making Sure You Get the Video

Many of the most innovative features on the current generation of law enforcement body-worn camera systems are all about ensuring the evidence is captured as accurately as possible, that it can be integrated with other video capture systems, and it can be redacted.

April 7, 2016

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

Will On-Body Kill In-Car Video?

Will On-Body Kill In-Car Video?

Law enforcement agencies have been using in-car video cameras for a little more than two decades. The devices have defended officers against nuisance claims of abusive or even brutal behavior. But now some agencies are beginning to ask if in-car video systems have been made obsolete by officer-worn systems.

October 16, 2013

Public Response to In-Custody Deaths

Public Response to In-Custody Deaths

The chances of an in-custody death subsequent to police use of less-lethal weapons sparking a media firestorm in your city are ever growing. So it is imperative that your agency be prepared to respond to the public and media when an arrest-related death occurs.

September 17, 2013

On-Body Video: The Future of Policing Arrives

On-Body Video: The Future of Policing Arrives

The rules of the game may be changing. Forward-looking agencies embrace new technology at about the same time as the rest of society. That seems to be the case with on-body video systems.

July 8, 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

The Threat of Technology

The Threat of Technology

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

July 11, 2011

TASER X2: Double Shot

TASER X2: Double Shot

TASER International's X2 is a two-shot ECD with dual laser aiming and visible warning arc.

June 6, 2011

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