Archive for the 'Increasing transparency' Category

UK – London Taser Statistics (2014-05-15)

Posted on May 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post contains an interactive map showing taser use statistics by borough in the City of London, distinguishing 7 ways in which the taser is used: Drawn: Removed from holster. Aimed: Pointed at subject.Red Dot: Pointed at subject with red dot laser sight active so that red dot appears on subject. Arced: […]

CANADA – Vancouver cops credit ‘clear guidelines’ with Taser use drop (2012-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A healthy trend: substantial decline in taser use: Vancouver police dept officers used Tasers 93 times in 2006, 74 times in 2007, 27 times in 2008 – with fewe officers being trained and carrying the Taser. Only 7 incidents – with two of them involving discharges – in first 4 months […]

USA – New Report Details Eugene, Oregon, Police Department Accomplishments and Challenges [Taser use substantially down] (2011-05-23)

Posted on May 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Eugene, Oregon is working seriously to improve relations with the ublic, part of this involving reduced taser usage: “Last year EPD used a taser 20 times — much less than the previous year — and extremely low compared to other cities across the U.S.”]], by Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s […]

USA – Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum (PERC): “2011 Electronic Control Weapons Guidelines” (2011-04-22)

Posted on April 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: GlobalShock does not believe that new guide-lines are a panacea, but they can provide increased protection as long as the taser is in use.  The “PERF 2011 Guidelines” are, we believe ground-breaking,  from a widely-respected US forum (Police Executive Research Forum: PERF) – developed for and with the U.S. Department of Justice, […]

USA – TASER Axon: Big brother to keep tabs on big brother (2011-03-18)

Posted on April 18 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: At a cost of about $5,000 per camera, AXON is being trialed in Phoenix, Arizona. “‘[It will] help us be more visible, more transparent,’ detective Luis Samudio said.”]] News-Talk 92.3 KTAR, by Sandra Haros Big brother will be keeping tabs on Phoenix cops. Some officers showed off their new gear Friday, consisting […]

UK – Home Office: Use of taser figures – March 2010 (2011-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post is a release by the British home office, with access to detailed reports on taser use (including “demonstration mode”) in the United Kingdom: a model for other nations/jurisdictions which do NOT release such detailed information. (The data only goes up to March 2010, so there is a 13-month delay.) Please […]

AUSTRALIA – Bunbury Police favour batons over tasers (2011-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The title is a bit deceptive, since the taser is still used in this town (pop. 32,000) 175 km south of Perth in Western Australia. But “less than once a month”. “Bunbury officer in charge Brett Cassidy said there were numerous tactical options to control a situation – including using their physical […]

USA – Highlights from Spokane Mayor’s State of the City Address [Taser complaints to ombudsman’s website] (2011-02-11)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

Pacific NW Inlander, by DANIEL.WALTERS [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The mayor alluding, momentarily, to the shooting controversies that continue to dog law enforcement [not the law on shooting dogs!]: “We continue to address public demand for greater accountability in our Police Department. Thanks to the work of the Council and concerned citizens, we revised the duties […]