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Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik Hosts Panel of Police Chiefs on TASER Deployment

On Sunday, October 6th, 2002 over 400 police chiefs and other attendees gathered at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Minneapolis to discuss the new trend of full deployment of the ADVANCED TASER M26 to all patrol officers.

Bernard Kerik, former Commissioner of the NYPD under Mayor Giuliani, the man who lead our largest police agency through its greatest loss and the subsequent challenges of 9/11, was the keynote speaker. Commissioner Kerik thanked the audience for their tremendous support during the recovery from last year''s terrorist attacks, when thousands of police officers from across the country came to New York to assist a city in need. He then asked for the unified support of the law enforcement community in building the necessary infrastructure to help prevent future attacks. He then discussed how important effective less-lethal force like the ADVANCED TASER is to doing the job of law enforcement in dealing with the myriad threats they face on the street.

Sheriff Kevin Beary from the Orange County Sheriffs Department in Florida, with 1,305 deputies, reviewed the results his department has had with the ADVANCED TASER, reducing officer injuries by 80% in the past three years. He also discussed the impact the ADVANCED TASER has had in reducing the use of other, more dangerous force options, reducing the use of lethal force by 78% and batons by 81%.

Chief Arturo Venegas, Jr. from Sacramento PD, the first major agency to deploy the ADVANCED TASER to every one of its 700 patrol officers, spoke regarding the obligations of senior leadership to remember the safety of officers on the street.

Chief William Berger, current president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Chief of the North Miami Beach PD also voiced his support of the need to deploy ADVANCED TASERS to first responder patrol officers. He also cautioned the police community to make sure that they don''t allow the jargon related to TASER usage to give the weapon a black eye in the media -- something that could inhibit the availability of this excellent tool if we allow public perception to turn negative due to mis-presentation.

Colonel Kenneth Morckel from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the first highway patrol to go to full deployment with its over 1,700 officers, discussed various tactical situations where the ADVANCED TASER can reduce officer injuries and save the lives of suspects.

Sergeant Stephen Hadley from the Glendale, Arizona Police Department, discussed the need to place the ADVANCED TASER low on the force continuum so that officers can use the weapon when needed. He also reviewed various holstering options, including the new holsters from Bladetech. He pointed out that it is critical to find a way to mount the weapon on the officer so it''s there when they need it.

The full conference will be available on DVD in two weeks (email sales@TASER.com to request a copy), or Click Here to download the highlights of the conference (it''s a 5.8 Mb Quicktime 6.0 file -- you need Quicktime 6.0 to view).

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