TASER STUN DEVICE PROVES TO BE AN EFFECTIVE NEW TOOL
The Long Beach Police Departmentís use of the Taser stun device has had promising first year results. The Police Department is reporting a reduction in complaints, injuries and related lawsuits during first year of the Taserís deployment.
The Taser stun device is a less lethal weapon that looks similar to a handgun but it propels two small darts attached to wires that can reach a person up to 21 feet away. The darts deliver an electric current that momentarily disables a personís ability to fight or resist. The electric current is very low amperage for safety but high voltage for effectiveness. Though the electric current only lasts for a few seconds, it is often enough time for officers to safely detain an individual. This is an excellent tool against combative, intoxicated or uncooperative subjects who pose a threat to others or even themselves.
The Police Department employs 985 sworn officers to protect and serve Long Beachís approximately 52 square miles and almost 500,000 residents. Between July of 2004 and June of 2005, collected data shows that the deployment of the Taser stun device is an effective tool for officers to protect both the community and themselves. During this period, 92% of the 342 Taser deployments resulted in minor to no injuries. Additional data include:
Injuries to Officers - 25%
Damage claims - 33%
Arrests + 2%
Since the introduction and department wide distribution of the stun devices in 2004, the Taser has shown to be a promising and long-term solution for a safe and effective less lethal weapon.