Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Currently police are taught that tazers are appropriate submission tools. They're told they're safe, and okay to use. Until such a time as it's proven (and it very well may be soon), that they are too lethal, the issue of their use is one that I blame the organization for, not the individual officer trying to do their job.
I had always understood that tazers were being used as an alternative to lethal force. In other words, in a place where you WOULD use a gun, you use a tazer.
3. 1. General
3. 1. 1. The CEW must only be used in accordance with CEW training, the principles of the Incident Management/Intervention Model (IM/IM) (external - login to view)
and when a subject is causing bodily harm, or the member believes on reasonable grounds, that the subject will imminently cause bodily harm as determined by the member’s assessment of the totality of the circumstances. See also ch. 17.1 (external - login to view)
- In accordance with sec. 2., CC (external - login to view), bodily harm is defined as any hurt or injury to a person that interferes with the health or comfort of the person and that is more than merely transient or trifling in nature.
- Members’ actions must be reasonable and the force used must be necessary in the circumstances. Members must fully and accurately report and articulate their actions. Supervisors/managers will ensure all reporting requirements are complied with and appropriately evaluate all interventions to ensure compliance with RCMP directives.
3. 1. 2. All members must recognize that any use of force entails risk.
3. 1. 3. Where tactically feasible, members will use de-escalation techniques and/or other crisis intervention techniques before using a CEW.
3. 1. 4. Where tactically feasible, members will issue a verbal warning so the subject is aware that a CEW is about to be deployed.
3. 1. 5. Multiple deployment or continuous cycling of the CEW may be hazardous to a subject. Unless situational factors dictate otherwise, members must not cycle the CEW for more than 5 seconds on a subject and will avoid multiple deployments.
3. 1. 6. Members should make every effort to take control of the subject as soon as possible following the deployment of a CEW, and if possible during the CEW deployment.
The CEW is not intended as a restraint device.
3. 1. 7. Acutely agitated or delirious persons may be at a higher risk of death. Whenever possible, when responding to reports of an individual who is violent or in an acutely agitated or delirious state, request the assistance of emergency medical services. If possible, bring medical assistance to the scene.
3. 1. 8. For cold-weather limitations for model M26, see sec. 7.2.3. (external - login to view)