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Ian Fields ACF Abstract FY11

"Taser Deployment: The Role of Departmental Policy and Training in Officer Discretion"

Conference Name: Midwestern Criminal Justice Association Meeting

The amount of force police officers use in a given situation has always been grounded in proper training, departmental policy and the proper use of discretion. Changes in recent years have affected the number and type of weapons that officers carry that can be used to counter suspect resistance, or to diffuse potentially violent encounters. This paper will examine how Tasers have impacted the force continuum, as well as how they influence the normal decision-making process an officer uses to determine the level of force necessary in a given situation. Policy and training recommendations will also be presented.