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Law Enforcement Comments on TASER Guns
TASER Projectile Stun Guns use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects that may be impervious to other means, regardless of pain tolerance, drug use, or body size. The TASER device is among the safest use of force alternatives. TASER devices use technology that will stop a focused, goal oriented subject from up to 15 feet away. Here is what several law enforcement officials had to say about the TASER device.
"To have an entire year where you don't shoot anybody unless they were carrying a gun, that's remarkable. I can't think of a single advance in law-enforcement technology that is going to save the number of lives that the TASER device will save; and no, I don't own stock in the company."
“We think this is good for the police officers, the men and women in the field, and the men and women and children in the community—for the safety of everyone.”
Tim Kline, Albuquerque City Council Member, retired Albuquerque Police Dept.
“The whole point is for police to have more options to end a confrontation without further injury to the officer or the suspect.”
John Firman, Director of Research, International Association of Chiefs of Police
“Stopping suspects without having to wrestle them to the ground saves injuries to officers and the people they’re arresting.”
Sgt. Cornel Heitzman, Alubquerque Police Department
“I’ve seen cases where officers have shot a suspect with a knife. With a TASER device, they have another option. I think this is a super alternative. It helps us stay safe, to accomplish our mission, and has minimal impact on the suspect.”
Police Chief Jim Billings, Pueblo Police Department
“Any time we have a tool that could help us resolve a situation with less force, it is going to help us. The TASER Device can helps us diffuse a situation before it escalates to the use of lethal force.”
Sgt. Bill Patten, Oklahoma City Police Department
“It gives us another intermediate tool to use without getting into a level of force where we’re going to cause permanent or disabling injury to somebody or risk ourselves.”
Const. Dave Henderson, Red Deer Police Department
“It’s a more humane way to deal with violent suspects. We can minimize the injury to a violent suspect and minimize the injury to the deputy.”
Chuck Habernehl, Training Director, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
My name is Scott Berry; I am the Sheriff of Oconee County Georgia. We have deployed the TASER device for approaching two years, in the jail, on patrol and in investigations.
Since having the TASER Device available as a use of force option:
We have had ZERO baton impact strikes against violent or aggressive arrestees We have had ZERO workers comp claims due to fights, struggles, or other events where a TASER device was available.
We have had ZERO repeat "customers". Once a TASER device has been deployed, we have not had to deploy it twice against the same individual. In fact, the individual with prior experience is VERY LIKELY to submit to lawful authority.
I can not think of a device in my 28 years that has had the impact on Law Enforcement that the TASER device has. Thank you for your product, your customer support, your training and your service.
Respectfully, Scott Berry, Sheriff, Oconee County, GA
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