2011 TASER Conference: A busy and rewarding week
We spent time with all of TASER’s devices — the X26, X3, Shockwave, the shotgun-fired XREP, and their newest device, the X2
The 2011 TASER Conference and Master Instructor School is now in the books. Co-hosted by the Glendale (Ariz.) Police Department, the course was mentally and physically challenging. Although a busy week, it was rewarding as well. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet and train with several hundred of my law enforcement colleagues, but gained a considerable amount of insight into TASER International, their people, their products and their technology.
Now, before you go thinking that I’m simply a mouthpiece for TASER International, I’d like to point out a few things. When, in 2006 I was tasked by my agency to look into the viability of TASER use in my department, I started out as a skeptic. As a defensive tactics and use of force instructor for a number of years, I had had limited exposure (pun not intended, although it fits) to TASERs and their associated technology. In fact, although still open-minded, I was a bit apprehensive about the concept mainly because I was aware of the controversy that surrounded them and their use.
My apprehension, however, turned out to be short lived. Based upon the information I readily found available on the subject — including vast volumes of research — I realized that most of the negative rhetoric was undeserved and perpetuated by many who lacked a clear understanding of the devices and technology. Then there were others who based their negative opinions on emotion rather than rational or logical thought.
Now, five years later, TASER is still here and going strong, expanding their product line and equipping more officers than ever. They have a record of 127 and 1 when it comes to litigation, and with new information coming forth, that one in the ‘loss’ column is moving closer to a ‘win.’ I’m not going to go into a lesson here on the technology behind electronic control devices (ECDs) like the TASER, but I will tell you that I believe in these devices and those manufactured by TASER International in particular.
Throughout the week, we spent time with all of TASER’s devices — the X26, X3, Shockwave, the shotgun-fired XREP, and their newest device, the X2. Having been a TASER Instructor for several years, I was very familiar with the X26. The X3, Shockwave and XREP were all interesting, but the X2 was the device that particularly caught my eye.
The New X2
Upgrade from X26
In other words, you have what TASER refers to as cross-connect. If that’s not enough, you are receiving a pulse rate of nineteen (19) pulses per second per cartridge, the same as the X26. However, with two X2 cartridges going simultaneously at nineteen pulses per second, you now have a total of thirty-eight pulses per second AND the cross-connect of the arcs between the various probes.
That’s how I spent five seconds of Tuesday morning’s segment.
A Great Week
We spent about half of the week at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center. That place is incredible and one of the most state-of-the-art facilities I have ever seen. I had to snicker, though, as we approached the facility. In keeping with the theory that firing ranges & training facilities are usually placed next to either the landfill or the waste-water treatment plant, GRPSTC is adjacent to the landfill.
The tour of the TASER building was spectacular and the chance to deploy all of the various TASER devices (repeatedly, I might add) was a blast. One of the biggest things I walked away with after the week was finished (besides a feeling of accomplishment) was an even better understanding of TASER ECD technology and even more confidence in the device and its concept. I urge any law enforcement officer or agency to take a hard look at and give consideration to the X2 before purchasing or replacing their TASER devices. I say that not only as a TASER Master Instructor, but as a patrol officer as well.
You and your officers will be well served.
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