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Less Lethal

The Less Lethal topic section covers the complex topic of nonlethal force using Tasers and other weapons by police officers, with the latest news, training and expert columns. This topic is aimed at arming officers with the information they need to properly deploy nonlethal weapons.
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February 09, 2012
Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects?

Besides dispelling some persistent myths about the risk of prone positioning, Dr. Christine Hall feels that one study confirms the rarity of sudden in-custody death - Full Story
February 06, 2012
Lasers as less-lethal weapons? Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Lasers as less-lethal weapons?

Most people won’t attack what they can’t see - Full Story
December 19, 2011
The Ethical Warrior: Protecting our enemies Jack E. Hoban & Bruce J. Gourlie - The Ethical Warrior

The Ethical Warrior: Protecting our enemies

The Warrior Creed — credited to the late Dr. Robert Humphrey — offers concrete guidance for developing the habits of an Ethical Warrior in your daily life - Full Story
November 28, 2011
Are TASERs 'overused' or just plain used? Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Are TASERs 'overused' or just plain used?

Departments could require that every update of TASER training also includes an update of empty hand techniques — including transition exercises back and forth between each - Full Story
November 14, 2011
TASER basics: What every judge and jury should know Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

TASER basics: What every judge and jury should know

Judges and juries still seem to have problems understanding how TASERs work and why officer use them.... - Full Story
August 25, 2011
Limitations of the solo-officer 'dual force' tactic Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Limitations of the solo-officer 'dual force' tactic

Part Two: The most obvious disadvantage to solo-officer “dual force” deployments is that humans just don’t perform multiple tasks well at the same time, especially under stress - Full Story
August 19, 2011
Putting cuffs on a sleeping giant Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

Putting cuffs on a sleeping giant

There are a few little sayings that I try to teach my students regarding officer safety, and one of them is “let sleeping giants sleep” - Full Story
August 11, 2011
Deployment of the solo officer ‘dual force’ tactic Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Deployment of the solo officer ‘dual force’ tactic

Part One: The below article is not intended to advocate for or denounce against “dual force” tactics — only to explore some of the positives and negatives of it - Full Story
June 27, 2011
Tactical challenge: Suicidal person with a knife Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

Tactical challenge: Suicidal person with a knife

You need to be constantly on the alert that the negotiation can break down at any second and become violent, perhaps necessitating a deadly force response - Full Story
April 22, 2011
TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005 Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005

The Police Executive Research Forum's 2005 guidelines were well-intentioned, but became contentious in litigation - Full Story



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