How Does a TASER Work?

How does a TASER work? It’s surprising that with 97% brand name recognition that very few people understand how a TASER® electronic control device (ECD) works.  We want to recognize Ocean City, Edina & Burnsville police departments for their proactive approach toward informing their communities about their TASER technology programs.  All of these law enforcement agencies produced videos for their YouTube channels & Ocean City went beyond just a video by holding a public forum. 

We salute these agencies’ proactive measures informing their communities & providing the media information about the technology that isn’t always understood.  Providing this input educates communitities that often operate in a vacuum regarding ECDs & our on-officer cameras.  Any vacuum on TASER technology creates false perceptions that can be reality.  The proactive efforts by these agencies have resulted in many posititive stories as well as filled the vacuum with facts & science.

Law enforcement explains how a TASER technology works:

Ocean City Police Begin TASER Implementation – Ocean City PD, MD recently purchased TASER X2s for their officers.  Chief Bernadette DiPino. “We believe that having the availability of a TASER will not only reduce injuries of our officers and suspects, but will deter & reduce violent crime in Ocean City. This is a proactive & positive step in the evolution of our police department & we are thankful to have the opportunity & the support from the Ocean City community.”

Beyond the Badge – January 2012 – Edina PD, MN “How’s it work?” segment featured TASER ECDs.  Officer Kevin Rofidal demos the TASER X26.

Burnsville PD Uses On-Officer Camera Technology - Chief Bob Hawkins  discusses their TASER AXON program & shows actual in-field footage.  Some officers explain their experiences using AXON & the benefits of video evidence.  One officer even explains how the video was used to aid the fire department too.

16 Responses to “How Does a TASER Work?”

  1. Micheal says:

    In the late 90 s the Victoria police went othrugh a Notorious era where incidents of police shootings suddenly and tragically skyrocketeted. The Cause of this sudden rash of police shootings? American trainers visited Melbournes police achademy to show us how it’s done . Needless to say, the experiment was not repeated. Just to be clear, the Victoria police (not exactly a gang of hippies) _will_not_accept_training_from_ American police becuase it makes them into thoughtless killers.

    • Faithful says:

      Time. Do you consider a taser sirtke to be less harmful than a baton sirtke?(This isn’t a loaded question. I honestly want to know how you, as an active police officer, think about the taser in relation to other non-lethal weapons).

      • Parita says:

        It’s frightening beuacse they most definitively are not used correctly, and the discretionary skills of the officers are not very good. The public school scenario is beyond belief. To my knowledge cooper, only one board of education member ever made a complaint to have tasers taken out of use in public schools and that went nowhere.I feel more frightened by the use of tasers by the police officers in some jurisdictions than by people personal use of tasers.Like or Dislike: 0

      • Mohd says:

        Tasers aren’t deadly force… furhter, many people would have had the same reaction had those officer gone “hands on” with Hicks, and she ended up getting badly hurt, which is almost certainly the case.If I am not mistaken, Hicks was mentally ill… if you have never had to fight someone who was mentally ill, I don’t recommend that you do so. The Taser was probably the best choice out of a bunch of bad choices… which is often what happens when you call the cops on your mentally ill neighbors or kin.

    • I love the taser. I’ve been tased numerous times, and I have no broplem any aggressive/combative suspect getting a good shock treatment.Sometimes conducting a mere spark check is enough to get compliance from a suspect. It’s a great tool.

  2. Bryan says:

    I’m a citizen in Houston and feel safer with a Taser C2. However, just as you feel it’s ianortmpt for officers to have a second chance , wouldn’t this also be valuable for citizens faced with 2 attackers. Will taser ever explore a C2 type device with a second cartridge or something more than the less optimal drive stun backup option?Thanks for making Taser available for non-lethal personal safety!!

    • Norbert says:

      I’m a citizen in Houston and feel safer with a Taser C2. However, just as you feel it’s roiantmpt for officers to have a second chance , wouldn’t this also be valuable for citizens faced with 2 attackers. Will taser ever explore a C2 type device with a second cartridge or something more than the less optimal drive stun backup option?Thanks for making Taser available for non-lethal personal safety!!

      • DJmenuu says:

        Tasers are a remarkable non-lethal self dnsfeee weapon and one that I especially like because you can use it without having to be in close proximity to your assailant. I would be very upset if stun guns and tasers were banned. We need to be able to protect ourselves!!

  3. Very good information and I applaud Ocean City. I think if citizens were more well informed on how tasers are used and when they need to be used, they would have much better understanding and less fear of this protective weapon.

    • Pavitra says:

      I’m all for that idea. Police can’t carry a gun unless they are iesusd a carry permit under the same rules that non-police can be iesusd one. And at the end of a year the statistics are plotted. If the ratio of civilians who applied and were granted carry permits is lower then the ratio of police who applied and were granted carry permits, the police permits are taken away starting with the highest ranks and moving downward until the ratios are in balance, heh, heh, heh.

      • Guli says:

        Tasers are supposed to be used as a weopan of last resort for subduing a dangerous (i.e. attacking the police or other people) person. But watching a single episode of COPS shows just how often they are used for something as simple as the person not getting on their knees quickly enough or being so scared that they don’t understand what the officer is saying. So many police now have a get them before they get you, and sort it out later mentality, and that contributes to any number of events (from a woman being arrested and strip searched after calling the police because in her upset frame of mind she accidentally gave the police her dead sister’s driver’s licence to the actions of Canadian police last year who got tired of waiting for a translator to show up and tasered a man who had done nothing wrong beyond not speaking English in the airport). No wonder some people are afraid to call the police. I had to talk to a cop last week after someone decorated my car with some pasta, and I made sure my hands were visible at all times and that I kept a safe distance from him. I didn’t expect him to do anything, but I also didn’t want to appear intimidating to him.Like or Dislike: 0

      • Nemam says:

        Very good information and I aplaupd Ocean City. I think if citizens were more well informed on how tasers are used and when they need to be used, they would have much better understanding and less fear of this protective weapon.

      • Alexis says:

        A tragedy on both sides. But why didn’t the cops get a msetrtas to cushion this crazy dude’s fall? I mean he didnt have a gun on him, how long could it have taken to rassle up a msetrtas?Okay I just now read your commenet..didnt know he was hitting the cop with the bulb..that makes it more of a close call.btw just heard your interview on Leonard Lopate..good stuff

    • Razan says:

      Yes, it is less harmful. Smacking soonmee with a baton can lead to broken bones, blood, bruising. If you get hit with a taser, it hurts like hell when the thing is activated. Once the thing is turned off, the pain goes away.I don’t buy this business of the taser as the cause of death. Even if the taser did kill a handful of suspects, more would be dead if the taser is discontinued, because of the fact that the baton causes more physical damage than does a taser.

      • Rayben says:

        I think that we need to put this into appropriate peerisctpve, Brother Villager.This isn’t a mater of disrespect.Did the officer seize this person? That seems clear from your post.Did the suspect (because he is a suspect at this point) raise his fists in pre-assaultive behavior? Again, the answer is yes.Did the suspect then attempt to assault the officer? Yes.Was the use of the Taser unwarranted? No, not at all.Again, this is tragic, but not a crime… and certainly not the fault of the police.It isn’t about disrespect. It is about a measure response to assaultive behavior.

      • EDWINXITO says:

        This is a video made by TASER Intl. It is recommended to check your state/city or ctnuoy laws first before buying or carrying a TASER to see if it is legal to carry, and in what conditions

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