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Policy 304 Conducted Electrical Weapons
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When carried while in uniform
Officers shall carry the Taser device in on the side opposite the duty weapon.
A verbal warning of the intended use of the TASER device should precede its application
unless it would otherwise endanger the safety of officers or when it is not practicable due to the circumstances
The purpose of the warning is to:
(a) Provide the individual with a reasonable opportunity to voluntarily comply.
(b) Provide other officers and individuals with a warning that the TASER device may be deployed.
The TASER device may be used when the circumstances perceived by the officer at the time indicate that such application is reasonably necessary to control a person:
(a) The subject is violent or is physically resisting.
(b) The subject has demonstrated, by words and action, an intention to be violent or to physically resist, and reasonably appears to present the potential to harm officers, him/herself or others.
The use of the TASER device on certain individuals should generally be avoided with:
(a) Individuals who are known to be pregnant.
(b) Elderly individuals or obvious juveniles.
(c) Individuals with obviously low body mass.
(d) Individuals who are handcuffed or otherwise restrained.
(e) Individuals who have been recently sprayed with a flammable chemical agent
f) Individuals whose position or activity may result in collateral injury (e.g., falls from height, operating vehicles).
Reasonable efforts should be made to target lower center mass and avoid the head, neck, chest and groin.
If the first application of the TASER device appears to be ineffective, the officer should consider certain factors before additional applications of the TASER device, including:
(a) Whether the probes are making proper contact.
(b) Whether the individual has the ability and has been given a reasonable opportunity to comply.
(c) Whether verbal commands, other options or tactics may be more effective.
Officers are not authorized to carry department TASER devices while off-duty, unless working a Departmental approved detail.
Officers shall document all TASER device discharges in the related arrest/crime report and the Use of Force report form. Items that shall be included in the use of force report form See attachment: Use of Force Report.pdf are:
(a) The type and brand of TASER device and cartridge and cartridge serial number.
(b) Date, time and location of the incident.
(c) Whether any display, laser or arc deterred a subject and gained compliance.
(d) The number of TASER device activations, the duration of each cycle, the duration between activations, and (as best as can be determined) the duration that the subject received applications.
(e) The range at which the TASER device was used.
(f) The type of mode used (probe or drive-stun).
(g) Location of any probe impact. (h) Location of contact in drive-stun mode.
(i) Description of where missed probes went.
(j) Whether medical care was provided to the subject.
(k) Whether the subject sustained any injuries.
(l) Whether any officers sustained any injuries.
When possible, supervisors should respond to calls when they reasonably believe there is a likelihood the TASER device may be used. A supervisor should respond to all incidents where the TASER device was activated.
The supervisor will complete a Use of Force Review and in addition to the issues to be documented in that report these additional items will be required:
• Copy of the Taser Cam recording
• Specific information regarding the number and length of exposures administered to the offender
MEDICAL TREATMENT: any such individual who falls under any of the following categories should, as soon as practicable, be examined by paramedics or other qualified medical personnel:
(a) The person is suspected of being under the influence of controlled substances and/ or alcohol.
(b) The person may be pregnant. (c) The person reasonably appears to be in need of medical attention.
(d) The TASER device probes are lodged in a sensitive area (e.g., groin, female breast, head, face, neck, spinal column, bony prominence).
(e) The person requests medical treatment.
A supervisor should review each incident where a person has been exposed to an activation of the TASER device. The device's onboard memory should be downloaded through the data port by a supervisor or Taser Instructor and saved with the related arrest/crime report. Photographs of probe sites should be taken and witnesses interviewed.
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