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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

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

Less-Lethal Launchers: Reaching Out and Punching Someone

Less-Lethal Launchers: Reaching Out and Punching Someone

Today, police have a wide variety of tools and munitions for exerting less-lethal force on individuals at greater and greater distances. Extended range less-lethal impact weapons have been refined to the point that they are both accurate and extremely effective when deployed correctly.

March 15, 2011

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

21st Century Riot Control Tools

21st Century Riot Control Tools

A few weeks before last year's G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, anarchists and agitators cringed as they read about heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new riot control technologies that would supposedly make their debut during the economic summit.

November 29, 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

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

How Tasers Are Used by the Cincinnati PD

When the Cincinnati Police Department decided to equip all of its patrol officers with X26 Tasers, department brass had to establish policy for use of the conductive weapons. After studying the research assembled by Specialist John Rose, Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. decided that the Cincinnati PD would place Tasers right after verbal commands in the department’s force continuum.

February 1, 2005

Re-Charged: Taser's X26

Re-Charged: Taser's X26

Taser International's new X26 is a much smaller Taser that’s even more effective than its larger predecessor, the M26.

June 1, 2003

Electrical Storm: Taser

Electrical Storm: Taser

The week before Christmas tragedy befell 27-year-old Marvin Hendrix of Hamilton, Ohio. That morning he was at his girlfriend’s residence when he started vomiting blood. She called 911 and paramedics arrived to find Hendrix combative and violent. They summoned the police.

June 1, 2002