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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

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

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

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

Best Practices in TASER Targeting
Less Lethal Force

Less Lethal Force

As technology has evolved, so too has the arsenal of weapons available to law enforcement. Firearms and batons have their place, but they aren't always the most effective tool for a given situation. Having a less-lethal option means you can possibly end a confrontation without lethal force.

September 18, 2009

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

Significant Impact

Significant Impact

Read on for a sampling of impact projectiles available for law enforcement.

July 1, 2008

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

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