CCPD Changes Taser Training Policy

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  1. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009

    CORPUS CHRISTI - The police department's has plans to change its training policy on how officers use their tasers.
    Taser International has issued a warning about the use of its stun guns and it's advising police departments across the country not to aim tasers at a suspect's chest. The company said there's a small chance that the 50,000 volt discharge could cause heart problems.
    Although it's a small risk, the Corpus Christi Police Department wants to follow the company's advice.
    Thursday, all officers got a memo explaining how the new policy will work. Using a taser is an important part of every officers training, but that training will soon change.
    They're following Taser International's advice and asking officers to aim the weapon below the chest to avoid possible cardiac problems.
    "We're going to modify what we've told them. We want them on a frontal deployment to aim at low body mass instead of upper body mass the chest area," CCPD Capt. Cook said.
    Of course, each real-life scenario will be different and Cook said the taser probes may not always go where the officers want them to, especially when a suspect is running.
    "It's difficult, it's stressful and under stress, unfortunately, we don't always have total control of what we want to occur," Cook explained.
    Cook sent out a training bulletin explaining the new policy Thursday.
    New officers will also be trained to avoid tasing a suspect's chest area. Cook said this change does come with some benefits.
    He said when you aim the taser lower, it's more effective. Balancing muscles are in the abdomen so a suspect will likely go down quicker.
    "I would say we still stand behind the device. We think it's an effective tool for the officers to have and we will continue to carry them at this point," Cook said.
    Police Chief Troy Riggs will sign an administrative order soon and this would allow for a change of the taser policy in the rules and training manual.
    As for the Nueces County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Jim Kaelin said they also plan to draft a new training policy.

  2. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
    Go back to bullets, save yourselves the hassle.
  3. sharky47

    sharky47 Active Member

    May 4, 2008
    Guess they are killing to many people that are "innocent until proven guilty".....
  4. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator TGT Addict

    May 28, 2008
    Ft Worth, TX
    The overwhelming majority of people who die after TASER use had medical conditions or were on drugs, and the use of other force such as a CVNR or just fighting the person would have likely resulted in their death.

    And your premise on the use of the TASER is wrong. The police are allowed to use force against those who resist arrest or search. It has nothing to do with punishing the person, but in the apprehension of the person.

    The TASER is a GREAT tool, and has resulted in a decrease in injuries to both suspects and officers since it was introduced. It has also resulted in a decreae in the numbers of suspects who die as a result of the use of deadly force.
  5. Wraith

    Wraith Active Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    I always wondered about the people who bitch about taser use when the option is a bullet. Hmm, I'd take the taser chest shot over somebody going low and hitting me in the nuts. LOL
  6. DirtyD

    DirtyD Well-Known

    Sep 20, 2008
    So now they are gonna tase em in the nads!
  7. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    ouch.. Get yer hot roasted nutttttttts

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