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Taser« Use Recommendations

for

Law Enforcement Officers


As Presented at the 2005 IACP Annual Conference by:

Fabrice Czarnecki, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.


Benefits of TASER's

If properly used:

  • May reduce use of deadly force

  • May reduce injuries to suspects

  • May reduce injuries to officers by suspects

  • May reduce litigation by injured suspects

Recommendations

  • Only use TASER for physically assaultive subjects

  • Limit number of TASER exposures when possible (3 is probably a reasonable number)

  • Identify high-risk subjects: age extremes, pregnancy, excited delirium
    If possible avoid using TASER on pregnant women, elderly and very young

  • Weigh the alternatives to the TASER (deadly force, batonů) and use TASER when preferable to alternatives

  • Allow appropriate exceptions to limits on TASER use: It is better to be "tasered" than shot!

  • Train all officers in excited delirium recognition and management

  • Call EMS if high-risk subject

  • Call EMS if more than 3 TASER exposures

  • TASER's should not replace training and other weapons (defensive tactics, baton, firearmů)

  • When properly used, TASER is generally non-deadly force, but should be considered higher on the physical force scale than OC

  • Safest to avoid exposure during training, whether students volunteer to be exposed or not