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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

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

Batons: More Than Just a Club

Batons: More Than Just a Club

The baton is a multi-purpose tool that you can use to strike a subject, push a subject away, or as a lever to move a subject into a control position.

May 3, 2018

Less-Lethal Options

Less-Lethal Options

These tools provide officers more flexibility in how to respond to non-deadly threats.

April 4, 2018

Less-Lethal Tools

Less-Lethal Tools

These options provide officers with many ways to respond with less-lethal force.

November 6, 2017

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

The pressure on American law enforcement agencies to field tools that can subdue dangerous armed and unarmed individuals without using deadly force has never been greater than today. The answer according to many experts is less-lethal weapons that can be fired from a distance and effect subjects with blunt force or chemical irritant or both.

March 10, 2017

Less Lethal Concepts: The OC Projector

Less Lethal Concepts: The OC Projector

Less Lethal Concepts' Pepper Pak 50 is designed to deliver chemical agents at up to 85 feet, protecting officers and reducing the need for deadly force.

August 12, 2016

In Praise of Pepper Spray

In Praise of Pepper Spray

While a TASER may be a better option at times, pepper spray can be a practical choice. The key is to know when the use of pepper spray is appropriate and will be effective.

July 8, 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

Less-Lethal Tools

Less-Lethal Tools

These devices provide a means of incapacitating subjects without using lethal force.

September 30, 2015

Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

It's well known that an offender who decides to resist arrest or attack a police officer must consider the possibility of being injured or even killed for doing so. What is unknown is how the proliferation of less-lethal weapons has changed and will change the way these men and women think.

November 26, 2014

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

Chemical Agents

Chemical Agents

View our roundup of nine chemical agents and customizable launchers created for either indoor or outdoor use with inert training rounds or impact projectiles. Chemical agents include liquid or powder barricade penetrators, OC-Vapor grenades, aerosol projectors and pepper projectiles.

April 28, 2011

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