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Phasers on Stun

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Technology Volume: 26 Issue: 11 Dated: November 1999 Pages: 36-39
Sanford Wexler
Date Published
November 1999
4 pages
Recent attention to controversial police shootings and wrongful-death lawsuits has resulted in agencies' turning to less-lethal force alternatives and to train recruits and experienced police officers in how to confront a violent or uncooperative suspect without using lethal force.
Less-lethal options such as pepper spray and shot-bag shells have been in use for several years. Newer weapons currently under development at the National Institute of Justice include a flashlight that flashes a glaring green laser at rapid random intervals to disorient and distract suspects; Jacor's Sticky Shocker, which sticks and then shocks to incapacitate a person temporarily. Another less-lethal weapon is a newly created baton called the AKD-48 from the International Police Tactical Training Academy. No less-lethal weapon fits all scenarios and requirements safely and effectively. Therefore, police officers need intensive training to learn how and when to apply less-lethal force strategically. Photographs