Archive for the 'New products on trial' Category

NETHERLANDS – ‘Geen proeven met tasers bij gewone politie’ [‘No taser-trials by regular police’] (2013-05-31)

Posted on May 31 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :(This is an edited google-translation; the original Dutch text is below, in italics.) Security Minister Opstelten wants a trial with tasers in general police practise. “The health-dangers of tasers are substantial. Especially people with heart problems are at high risk. Police have adequate resources such as batons, firearms, pepper spray and handcuffs,” […]

UK – Scotland: Tasers fired by trained policemen may breach suspects’ human rights (2012-04-17)

Posted on April 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: a preliminary report into a Scottish police pilot using tasers warns their use by non-firearms officers may be in breach of article two of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to life. Christopher Mason, of the Strathclyde Police Authority, said “It’s for the government to decide what weapons should […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasmania: Pressure grows for no new taser gun upgrade: Concern Over Lack of Health & Injury Research (2012-03-29)

Posted on March 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : A Green Party press release Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP, Greens Police spokesperson called on the Tasmaniam government not to introduce tasers guns until further research has been conducted into their potential health and injury risks, in light of the death of a civilian in New South Wales. “There is growing community […]

USA – Mesa, Arizona to arm police officers with cameras (2012-02-29)

Posted on February 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : For $67,000, 50 Mesa (Phoenix) police officers will receive Taser Axon-flex cameras for a one year pilot scheme” The aim is clear: “the recordings will curb false complaints against officers, document criminal activity and record evidence at crime scenes” – in that order. In other words to protect the police before […]

USA – Taser’s Latest Police Weapon: The Tiny Camera [AXON FLEX] and the Cloud (2012-02-21)

Posted on February 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A widely syndicated article from the New York Times contains serious doubts about the so=called benefits of the new AXON camera and cloud evidence system: High costs of the cameria ($1000) and TASER-determined sliding scale for accessing information in the cloud (“first year free”), evidencewould now be stored by the taser manufacturer, […]

USA – Swartz Creek, Michigan, police add twist with new Tasers [re-arming officers with the ‘safer’ taser X2 at $4000 a unit] (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: SWARTZ CREEK, Genesee County, (pop.5750) Michigan has upgraded to the ‘double-header taser’: from the X26 to the X2. Chief Rick Clolinger said the new Tasers are more efficient in cases where the first shot misses or two suspects are resisting arrest. Hard to imagine how this is possible. At $4000 a unit, […]

USA – Tasers reissued to Charlotte, North Carolina, cops after six months (2012-01-25)

Posted on January 25 2012 by admin

WBTV, by Ron Lee [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers were withdrawn (without any known announcement ) from the Charlotte police for six months of checking, inspecting and reissuing, after the death of Lareko Williams in a sexual violence scenario: he ran away, the police tasered him, he died. The new taser X2 arsenal – a double-barreled […]

USA – Sanford, Maine, police aim to defuse crises with long-range Taser (2012-01-10)

Posted on January 10 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Using truly frightening logic, the police in this small Maine township – population 10,800 – have purchased 3 taser rifles, able to shock from 100 ft awa, with a 20-second discharge. This is to “calm situations” help a distraught person (who) could be killed or seriously injured” – i.e. the psychiatrically disturbed. […]

USA – The growing menace of domestic drones (2011-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A long article on how drones are becoming domestic law enforcement tools, following their military.applications. A few mentions of tasers … Trials by US police of “Predator drones”. Police officials are already speaking openly about their desire to weaponize their drones with “nonlethal weapons such as Tasers or a bean-bag gun.”]] Salon.com, […]

UK – Laser that blinds temporarily to be tested by police (2011-12-12)

Posted on December 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Always seekingfor the holy grail, the British police are looking into a new “less lethal” weapon, a shoulder mounted laser, the “SMU 100″ , a device that can dazzle and even incapacitate ‘targets’ as far away as 500 metres and throws up a wall of light with an area of three […]

USA – Arizona: Purchase of Tasers for Department of Public Safety questioned – Officer who submitted request has ties to firm (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Arizona Department of Public Safety (state police) just increased its order for 800 new taser from $800,000 to a new order for 1,000 newer-model Tasers and accessories at a cost of more than $1.9 million. – This was the decision of one man, Sgt. Bud Clark, who failed to declare […]

USA – Pepper Spray, Tasers, and LRADs — What’s Behind the Explosion of ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons for Crowd Control? (2011-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A long article … “Media-friendly” weapons – such as Long Rannge Accoustic Devices LRADs) – are being tested for everyday policing and crowd control, and as uprisings around the world spread, the demand for nonlethal weapons is increasing. Tasers are one such weapon, in which the military and policing overlap. Unlike rubber […]

USA – 2010 – policemag.com – 21st Century Riot Control Tools – Anarchists and agitators beware: Heat rays and stink bombs are in your future (2011-11)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New “toys” to help police controls “riots” (read: demononstrations) include heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new technologies. Dee the section on the Taser XREP (in bold): TASER’s Shockwave is an area denial device that was inspired by anti-personnel mines. The Shockwave ADS consists of three tiers of […]

USA – A Texas Sheriff’s Department is Launching an Unmanned Helodrone [drone] that Could Carry Weapons [including tasers] (2011-11-03)

Posted on November 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : The drones are a new frontier for policing: A sheriff’s office outside of Houston is taking a big and potentially controversial step forward with a new piece of law enforcement technology. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Conroe, Texas, is prepping its deputies to fly a $300,000 unmanned ShadowHawk helicopter –paid for […]

USA – Department of Homeland Security-Funded Taser Drone Launched in Texas (2011-11-01)

Posted on November 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Bringing Afghanistan to your neighborhood police-force …. Drones for policing or border patrols? Why not? The ShadowHawk is a 50lb mini drone chopper that can be fitted with an XREP taser with the ability to fire four barbed electrodes that can be shot to a distance of 100 feet, delivering “neuromuscular incapacitation” to […]

TASER Inc.: Webcast: Alaska X3W Wildlife Management Webcast (2011-10-14)

Posted on October 14 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A webcast by TASER Inc. to announce a .multi-year research partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG)” offering wildlife professionals “a tool to protect both human and animal life during wildlife management activities”. Fore TASER, “the key to decreasing human-wildlife conflict is a broad, conservation-based strategy focusing on education […]

UK – Raoul Moat inquest: Amnesty International questions Taser use [XREP “unreliable”] (2011-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : In the follow-up to tasering of Raoul Moat (see SEARCH box). Amnesty International says police use of Xrep Taser ‘alarming’, after tests branded it inaccurate and unreliable. Police pointed the experimental Taser at Raoul Moat during the standoff in July last year. It was fired twice, with ‘no effect whatsoever’. Research conducted […]

USA – Southwest Ohio: New ‘Tridents’ Replace Tasers At SW Ohio Police Dept. (2011-08-29)

Posted on August 29 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: The Colerain Township Police Department in southwest Ohio is the first in the state to make a switch in their non-lethal devices. Officers are using a Mark 63 Trident – new device in the field, manufactured by Virginia-based Aegis, the device is several weapons rolled into one, incorporating high intensity light, […]

TASER Inc. – Video: Mini helicopter fires TASER prongs (2011-08-01)

Posted on August 1 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A brief article on the .Shadowhawk. – in mini-heliopter with clear potential police applications: .A version of the aircraft, designed for military use, can be instructed to emit TASER prongs, fire shotgun shells, or shoot grenades. ShadowHawk can be equipped with TASER XREP.»]] By PoliceOne Staff The remote-controlled tool is currently tracking […]

AUTRALIA-USA – XREP Grenade-gas autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells (2011-07-25)

Posted on July 25 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The linkup between TASER Inc.and “MAUL” : “Metal Storm, the Australian weapons firm famous for its “million rounds a minute” superimposed-projectile technology, has partnered with Taser International to produce an electroshock stun version of its rapid-firing multishot grenade-launcher design, based on XREP technology” Science, 25th July 2011 11:47 GMT Metal Storm, the […]