Why Taser?

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A TASER?

Dissuasive Effect

TASERs have shown to present a dissuasive effect and many reputed police forces in the world have published their statistic and studies showing that in around 80% of the incidents it is enough to point the laser red dot or to do the warning arc for the suspects to surrender without further use of force.

 

The new X2 model bears two features that help in creating this dissuasive effect:

  • The dual laser dots: The X2 has two laser dots that give an indication of where the darts will hit the suspect.
  • The warning arc: The X2 has a side button that serves as a warning to a suspect before the device is fired. When this button is pressed an electric arc is visible in the front of the device where the cartridges are loaded and at the same time a fast intermittent and loud clacking is emitted.

These features prove to be very effective in dissuading a suspect. See video below:

One solid evidence of the dissuasive effect of TASERs are the statistics reported by many agencies worldwide. One of the most transparent example is the  UK government that publishes yearly statistics on the usage of TASERS by law enforcement.

Police use of TASER ® X26 by type, England and Wales, 2011 to 2016

It is clear how through the years the ratio of non discharged episodes is well over 80%

See the full report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-use-of-taser-x26-conducted-energy-devices-statistics-england-and-wales-1-january-to-31-december-2016/police-use-of-taser-x26-conducted-energy-devices-statistics-england-and-wales-1-january-to-31-december-2016#trends-in-taser–x26-use-2011-to-2016

The following video shows a real live example of the dissuasive effect of the TASER (drug dealer throws himself on the floor when threatened with TASERs):

highest efficient and less lethal option

A TASER is unique in providing the highest degree of incapacitation and the lowest risk of injury — about 2-3 injuries per thousand applications in the field.

The following video details the efficiency and low lethality of TASERs:

A TASER is a trade-off between Safety and Effectiveness:

  • A firearm is effective but it has a high percentage of injuries or deaths
  • Pepper spray is very safe, but it’s not efficient at incapacitating someone (It hurts a lot but if someone is extremely motivated, and high on drugs or alcohol they can press of through)
  • In middle – punches, kicks, baton sticks
  • TASERs are unique – high level of effectiveness but very low injury level (TASERs injury level is 1% compared to a baton stick which has a 78% injury rate)

Using TASERs have proven to be the most efficient method to efficiently stop a suspect without injuries.

The advanced electronic technology that TASER utilizes has been safely deployed more than 5 million times, with more than 175,000 lives saved from potential death or serious injury.

Though often confused, TASER is a completely different device than stun guns.

TASER X2 transmits far less than one ampere of current (between 1.2 to 3.9 milliampere), less than the current used in electrotherapy (TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation tipically use between 8 to 80 miliampere).

TASER has a calculator showing how many lives have been saved due to the usage of TASERs as opposed to a firearm. As of April 2017, the number of lives saved by using a TASER is over 180,000. Please see counter here: (https://www.axon.com/company/news#tags=smart weapons&category=)

 

Less Injuries

(Less Claims, Less Legal fees, Less Indenisations)

Our studies show that 99.75% of the criminal suspects received no significant injury after the use of a TASER.

Nearly all law enforcement agencies that use TASER devices see a decrease in injuries.

According to the Houston Police Department, TASER devices help decrease worker’s compensation claims by 93%. Deploying alternative means of force has also shown to reduce suspect injuries by as much as 60%.

A US Department of Justice study showed that 99.75% of 1201 criminal suspects who have encountered a TASER devices as a means of force received no significant injuries.

A study done by the Canadian police compares the usage of TASERS to other alternatives and if it is not a surprise that a TASER causes less injuries than a firearm or a baton, it is nevertheless interesting to see that it causes less injuries than playing basketball.

Sources:

1 Ordog, et al., UCLA

2 Meyer, Greg, LAPD Force Usage Study

3 NCAA Injury statistics

4 US DOD HECOE, Michigan State Risk Management Authority, US DOJ / Wake Forest University Hospital study by William Bozeman, MD

 

Accountability

The new models of TASERs are designed to bring accountability to those using it. Often officers carrying a TASER would be accused of abuse of force. So technology was introduced firstly to prevent the chances of abuse of force and secondly to defend the agents from false accusations of abuse of force.

The TASERs circuits shut down after 5 seconds.

So even if an agent is stressed by a situation and leaves the finger in the trigger, the device will automatically stop after 5 seconds. The circuit can be energized again but the trigger must be released and pressed again in order to do so (as some cases suspects still get up and attack again after being tasered once, and you need  a second re-energization of the circuit to stop them)

Also, all actions done with a TASER, from turning it on, replacing the cartridges, trigging the warning arc and firing it are registered in an anti-tampered file inside the device. This file can never be erased and it documents all the actions done in the lifetime of a TASER.

Example of a TASER log file:

Worldwide Adoption

Nearly a million TASER CEDs are used by law enforcement officers in 107 countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, UK and USA among others, with more than 175,000 lives saved from potential death or serious injury.

Nearly 150,000 TASERS are deployed every year worldwide, with the ratio of adoption increasing yearly.

No other use-of-force option provides this level of accountability through documentation and deployment data, recording the date, time and duration of every trigger pull for its handheld CEDs, and a video system that records more than 90 minutes of audio and video during deployments to provide enhanced accountability above and beyond the TASER Dataport system.

Videos about TASER usage

Below, we have some videos showing the usage of a TASER