Updated Taser Information Reference Usage & Chest Deployment

MPA participated in a conference call with Taser International today regarding recent news about their updated Training Bulletin.  The bulletin clarifies where officers should deploy their Taser and for the best results one should not aim at the chest or head.  Taser trainers have already been implementing this into their training courses, and all officers know for the best results we aim at the back.  In addition, this clarifying bulletin helps departments, such as Mesa, avoid additional risk of lawsuits.  There were also claims media outlets made that this bulletin admits Tasers can cause cardiac arrest if a Taser is deployed to a chest.  This is completely false and inaccurate, according to Taser.  MPA does not know of any cardiac arrest Taser death in the state of Arizona.

We help pursue the best equipment for officers and their safety.  MPA believes that this bulletin should not change the way officers should operate their Taser, and feel that if an officer has to Taser someone in the chest then we will back them 110%.  Officer safety comes first when having to execute a Taser.  We remind the public, officers and media that there are risks with any less lethal equipment (pepper spray, baton, even your patrol car!), but these equipment are used in times of need and keep officers alive.

Taser has offered free training to Mesa officers if there is an expressed need.  They will also be holding another teleconference Monday morning at 8am.  With a phone number and password, you will be able to listen to information about Tasers and ask questions at the end.  Please contact a board member if you would like to participate.

The key point is:  We have issued a new TASER Preferred Targeting Guide that will apply for the new XREP impact munition as well as ECDs such as the TASER® X26™, M26™ and X3™. 

 Note, we have lowered the recommended point of aim from center of mass to lower-center of mass for front shots.  The blue highlighted area in the adjacent target man represents the preferred target area.  There are three reasons:

 

1.     Simplify targeting for all TASER® systems — which now includes the new 12-gauge shotgun deployed TASER® eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP™) up to 100 feet — to one easy to remember map, avoiding chest shots when possible and the risk of a head/eye shot in a dynamic situation, as is standard for impact munitions

 

2.     When possible, avoiding chest shots with ECDs avoids the controversy about whether ECDs do or do not affect the human heart.

 

3.     Close-spread ECD discharges to the front of the body are more effective when at least one probe is in the major muscles of the pelvic triangle or thigh region.

 

Back shots remain the preferred area when practical (note this has been a preferred target since our training began for law enforcement).

Preferred Target Areas in Blue

 Taser Photo