Taser User Certification

In this assessment you will learn about the general TASER guidelines and the Isanti County TASER policy.

User Certification Test

In considering the use of a CEW

  • Do not use for verbal defiance
  • Do not use for belligerence
  • Do not use for punishment
  • Do not use for horse play
  • All of the above

The preferred target areas (with the exception of sensitive CEW target areas) for CEW exposure:

  • A: Lower center mass (below chest or area of the heart) and legs for front exposure
  • B: Below the neck area for back exposures
  • C: Anywhere on the person’s body
  • D: a and b
  • E: a and b (with the back being the most preferred area)

As with any use of force, the longer the CEW exposure the greater the risk of potential cumulative physiologic, metabolic, and other effects.

  • True
  • False

TASER CEWs are serious weapons and are to be treated as such at all times.

  • False
  • True

The officer should avoid intentionally targeting the CEW on sensitive areas of the body such as the head, throat, breast, chest or area of the heart, genitals, or known pre-existing injury areas without legal justification.

  • True
  • False

The need for multiple 5-second cycles, or extended or prolonged CEW exposures, may be avoided or reduced by “controlling/cuffing under power” during the “window of opportunity”.

  • True
  • False

Experts have identified the following key factors related to CEW cardiac risks:

  • A: Dart (or electrode)-to-heart (“DTH”) distances
  • B: Amount of delivered electrical charge
  • C: Probe (or dart or electrode) anywhere on a person’s body
  • A and B

Place in order the procedure to spark test your CEW

  • Unholster
  • Point in safe direction
  • Arm TASER
  • Push and hold ARC switch for 5 seconds
  • Put on safe
  • Holster

The further a CEW exposure is away from the heart and the lower the delivered electrical charge the greater the safety margin for the CEW affecting the person’s heart.

  • True
  • False

The Nervous System consist of the following:

  • Central Nervous System - Command Center (brain and spinal cord)
  • Motor Nervous System – Carries commands from the brain to muscles (NMI systems affect BOTH the Sensory and motor Nerves)
  • Sensory Nervous System – Brings information into the brain (effected by stun systems)
  • All of the above

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The standard CEW cycle if the trigger is pulled and released is:

Force decision must reasonably consider, Officers’ reasonable perception of subject’s actions or behaviors the officer is attempting to stop, thwart, or control and the foreseeable risks of injuries or harm to subject resulting from force to be use.

  • False
  • True

When deploying probes to the front of a person’s body, the CEW should generally be aimed:

  • At the face
  • At the chest or area of the heart
  • At the waist area to split the beltline
  • At the throat
  • At the head

When using the CEW in Drive-Stun Mode:

  • For maximum effectiveness, drive the CEW into certain pressure points
  • Use care when applying the drive stun to the neck or groin
  • Stay away from the trachea, the back of the neck and the genitals
  • All of the above

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Activated CEWs can ignite: 

Probe deployments are usually more desirable/effective than drive stuns.

  • True
  • False

The risk (or probability) of a CEW causing or contributing to a person’s cardiac arrest is:

  • Zero
  • Very high
  • High
  • Higher than the risk of death or serious injury from a firearm
  • Very low

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The handheld electronic weapons manufactured by TASER are referred to as: 

When considering the use of force, when reasonable:

  • Use the minimum force necessary to accomplish lawful objectives
  • Use force only on those “actively resisting” or higher
  • Give a verbal warning before the use of force

During CEW voluntary exposures which of the following are required safety rules?

  • Always use two spotters when volunteer is standing
  • Spotters must hold volunteers closely under the armpit to stabilize the shoulder and upper arm and avoid twisting their shoulder
  • The volunteer should be safely supported and carefully lowered to the ground
  • All of the above

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When using a CEW avoid multiple, repeated, prolonged, extended, or continuous CEW exposures unless necessary to counter reasonably perceived threats(s) and it is justifiable: 

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A daily 5-second CEW spark/functionality test is recommended to: 

TASER does not establish, recommend or endorse;

  • Use of force procedures, policies, or general orders
  • Department policies, procedures, or general orders
  • Tactics

A CEW application on a person can cause physiologic or metabolic effects, including, but not limited to, changes in:

  • Blood Chemistry
  • Heart rate, and rhythm
  • Blood pressure
  • Respiration
  • Adrenaline and Stress hormones
  • Other effects
  • All of the above

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Isanti County does NOT require a CEW exposure for user certification: 

Examples of persons who are at an elevated risk of secondary effects from a CEW exposure include:

  • Running persons
  • Persons laying on the cement
  • Persons in elevated positions
  • Persons in a flammable environment

When considering the use of force, when reasonable:

  • A: Give subjects a reasonable opportunity to comply before force is used
  • B: Use pain compliance regardless if pain is reasonably foreseeably ineffective
  • C: Immediately cease any force once a subject has surrendered or is captured, handcuffed, and controlled
  • D: Continue to use force once a subject has surrendered or is captured, handcuffed, and controlled
  • E: Both A & C

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To avoid extended durations: Use the shortest duration of CEW exposure objectively reasonable to accomplish lawful objectives, and reassess the subject’s behavior before initiating or continuing the exposure: 

If a person is not an immediate threat or flight risk:

  • Do not immediately resort to CEW without first attempting to use negotiation, commands, or physical skills
  • Avoid using CEW on person who is actually or perceived to be mentally ill
  • Avoid using CEW on elevated risk population member, unless necessary and justifiable
  • All of the above

The term (currently) used by TASER for describing the incapacitating effects of a CEW is

  • Electro-muscular disruption (EMD)
  • Neuro-muscular incapacitation (NMI)
  • Neuro-muscular disruption (NMD)
  • Electro-muscular incapacitation (EMI)

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TASER does NOT require a CEW exposure for instructor or user certification: 

Evidence Sync is a free program offered by TASER International that allows agencies to:

  • Access CEW firing data
  • Update firmware on CEWs
  • Assigning CEWs to individual users, etc. in conjunction with your agencies Evidence.com account
  • All of the above

Isanti County Taser Policy 309

Policy 309 Conducted Energy Device

309.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE

This policy provides guidelines for the issuance and use of the TASER (TM) device.

309.2 POLICY

The TASER device is intended to control a violent or potentially violent individual, while minimizing the risk of serious injury. The appropriate use of such a device should result in fewer serious injuries to deputies and suspects.

309.3 ISSUANCE AND CARRYING TASER DEVICES

Only members who have successfully completed office-approved training may be issued and carry the TASER device.

TASER devices are issued for use during a member's current assignment. Those leaving a particular assignment may be required to return the device to the office's inventory.

Deputies shall only use the TASER device and cartridges that have been issued by the Office. Uniformed deputies who have been issued the TASER device shall wear the device in an approved holster on their person. Non-uniformed deputies may secure the TASER device in the driver's compartment of their vehicle.

Members carrying the TASER device should pe1iorm a spark test on the unit prior to every shift.

When carried while in uniform, deputies shall carry the TASER device in a weak-side holster on the side opposite the duty weapon.

All TASER devices shall be clearly and distinctly marked to differentiate them from the duty weapon and any other device.

Whenever prncticable, deputies should carry two or more cartridges on their person when carrying the TASER device.

Deputies shall be responsible for ensuring that their issued TASER device is properly maintained and in good working order.

Deputies should not hold both a firearm and the TASER device at the same time.

309.4 VERBAL AND VISUAL WARNINGS

A verbal warning of the intended use of the TASER device should precede its application, unless it would otherwise endanger the safety of deputies or when it is not practicable due to the circumstances. The purpose of the warning is to:

Provide the individual with a reasonable opportunity to voluntarily comply.

Provide other deputies and individuals with a warning that the TASER device may be deployed.

If, after a verbal warning, an individual is unwilling to voluntarily comply with a deputy's lawful orders and it appears both reasonable and feasible under the circumstances, the deputy may, but is not required to, display the electrical arc (provided that a cartridge has not been loaded into the device), or the laser in a further attempt to gain compliance prior to the application of the TASER device. The aiming laser should never be intentionally directed into the eyes of another as it may permanently impair his/her vision.

The fact that a verbal or other warning was given or the reasons it was not given shall be documented by the deputy deploying the TASER device in the related report.

309.5 DOCUMENTATION

Deputies shall document all TASER device discharges in the related arrest/crime report and the TASER device report form; Notification shall also be made to a supervisor in compliance with the Use of Force Policy. Unintentional discharges, pointing the device at a person, laser activation and arcing the device will also be documented on the report form.

309.5.1  REPORTS

The deputy should include the following in the arrest/crime report:

Identification of all personnel firing TASER devices

Identification of all witnesses

Medical care provided to the subject

Observations of the subject's physical and physiological actions

Any known or suspected drug use, intoxication or other medical problems

309.6 MEDICAL TREATMENT

Consistent with local medical personnel protocols and absent extenuating circumstances, only appropriate medical personnel should remove TASER device probes from a person's body. Deputies who have been trained in TASER deployment are allowed to remove probes unless they are in a sensitive area. Used TASER device probes shall be treated as a sharps bio-hazard, similar to a used hypodermic needle, and handled appropriately. Universal precautions should be taken.

All persons who have been struck by TASER device probes or who have been subjected to the electric discharge of the device shall be medically assessed prior to booking. Additionally, 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:

The person may be pregnant.

The person reasonably appears to be in need of medical attention.

The TASER device probes are lodged in a sensitive area (e.g., groin, female breast, head, face, neck).

The person requests medical treatment.

Any individual exhibiting signs of distress shall be transported to a medical facility for examination or medically evaluated prior· to booking. If any individual refuses medical attention, such a refusal should be witnessed by another deputy and/or medical personnel and shall be fully documented in related reports. If an audio recording is made of the contact or an interview with the individual, any refusal should be included, if possible.

The transporting deputy shall inform any person providing medical care or receiving custody that the individual has been subjected to the application of the TASER device.

309.7   TRAINING

Personnel who are authorized to carry the TASER device shall be permitted to do so only after successfully completing the initial office-approved training. Any personnel who have not carried the TASER device as a part of their assignment for a period of six months or more shall be re-certified by the office-approved TASER device instructor prior to again carrying or using the device.

Proficiency training for personnel who have been issued TASER devices should occur every year. A reassessment of a deputy's knowledge and/or practical skill may be required at any time if deemed appropriate by the Training Officer. All training and proficiency for TASER devices will be documented in the deputy's training file.

Command staff, supervisors and investigators should receive TASER device training as appropriate for the investigations they conduct and review.

Deputies who do not carry TASER devices should receive training that is sufficient to familiarize them with the device and with working with deputies who use the device.

The Training Officer is responsible for ensuring that all members who carry TASER devices have received initial and annual proficiency training. Periodic audits should be used for verification.

Application of TASER devices during training could result in injury to personnel and should not be mandatory for certification.

The Training Officer should ensure that all training includes:

A review of this policy.

A review of the Use of Force Policy.

Performing weak-hand draws or cross-draws to reduce the possibility of unintentionally drawing and firing a firearm.

Target area considerations, to include techniques or options to reduce the unintentional application of probes near the head, neck, chest and groin.

Handcuffing a subject during the application of the TASER device and transitioning to other force options.

De-escalation techniques.

Restraint techniques that do not impair respiration following the application of the TASER device.

I have read and understand the TASER Policy

  • I agree
  • I disagree

Isanti County TASER Policy Review

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The TASER device is intended to control a violent or potentially violent individual, while minimizing the risk of serious injury.

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Only members who have successfully completed office-approved training may be issued and carry the TASER device. 

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Members carrying the TASER device should perform a spark test on the unit prior to: 

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A verbal warning of the intended use of the TASER device should NOT precede its application, unless it would otherwise endanger the safety of deputies or when it is not practicable due to the circumstances.

The aiming laser should always be intentionally directed into the eyes of another as to permanently impair his/her vision.

  • True
  • False

The deputy should include the following in the arrest/crime report:

  • Identification of all personnel firing TASER devices
  • Identification of all witnesses
  • Medical care provided to the subject
  • Observations of the subject's physical and physiological actions
  • Any known or suspected drug use, intoxication or other medical problems

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A reassessment of a deputy's knowledge and/or practical skill may be required at any time if deemed appropriate by the Training Officer.