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Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

January 24, 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

French Police Clash With Bastille Day Rioters

French police were forced to deploy tear gas to disperse rioters from Paris's Champs Elysees on Sunday following the traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorating the 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris during the French Revolution.

July 15, 2019

(Video) TASER Tactics and Training

(Video) TASER Tactics and Training

LAPD Captain Greg Meyer (ret.) discusses some of the mistakes that officers make when attempting to deploy a TASER, and how tactics and training can help fix those mistakes.

April 24, 2019

Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies tests less-lethal weapons and restraints, even letting themselves become the targets so that they can determine effectiveness.

April 12, 2019

Security Devices International Launches Byrna New E-Commerce Store

Security Devices International Inc., has commenced commercialization of the Byrna HD non-lethal personal security device beginning with the launch of its new E-commerce store and concurrent with the first preorders being accepted in the United States.

February 12, 2019

Judge Approves Order for Major Reforms at Chicago Police Department

The consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.

February 1, 2019

Minnesota Department Testing "BolaWrap" Restraint Device

The Chaska (MN) Police Department is the first in the state to test the new "BolaWrap" restraint device, which fires a length of Kevlar cord at a rate of 640 feet per second which then wraps around a resistive subject, immobilizing them so responding officers can safely approach and make an arrest.

November 20, 2018

Ax-Wielding Man Accused of Causing OIS in Texas

Officers with the Laredo (TX) Police Department responded to calls of a man wielding an ax in a threatening manner, arriving at the scene to find a man fitting that description.

November 16, 2018

IACP 2018: Axon Announces Streaming Video Body Cam and New TASER

The TASER 7 features dramatically improved effectiveness, including adaptive cross connect and improved spiral probe design, and is fully integrated with Evidence.com, Axon's digital data management solution, Axon says. The Axon Body 3 features real-time situational awareness with live streaming, gunshot detection and rapid wireless evidence offload.

October 7, 2018

Video: Illinois Police Test New Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

Video: Illinois Police Test New Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

Police officers in Illinois are testing a new restraint weapon designed to fire an 8-foot Kevlar tether — at a range of up to 25 feet — that then ensnares resistive subjects in a high-tech lasso. When the device is activated, a 9mm blank propels the rope from the cartridge. The new handheld device — known as the BolaWrap — costs $800 and each tether cartridge costs $30.

August 14, 2018

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