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Field Data for TASER® Technology

  • How many agencies submit all of their use of force reports? Conservatively we receive 1 of 10 reports of the 9,500+ law enforcement agencies deploying TASER technology
  • Use reports can be easily filed on our web site
      • www.TASER.com/law/index.html
  • This field date provides critical feedback loop to the company
    • New product enhancements can be address by knowing the needs in the field and the areas that need improvement in technology and training as well as know areas not to “fix”

Field Data as of Sept 13, 2006

  • Estimated uses on 114,750 human subjects in actual law enforcement field deployments
    • 11,475 documented use reports in database
    • Conservatively estimate only 1 in 10 reports submitted to the database (10 x 11,475 = 114,750)
  • Over 109,000 human volunteer exposures

Field Data as of Sept 13, 2006

Of 11,475 incidents entered into our database 11,201 indicated a “Level” of TASER device use:

  • “Probes deployed” in 6,831 incidents. Success: 92.76%
  • “Drive stun” in 2,571 incidents. Success: 95.79%
  • “Laser only” in 1,558 incidents. Success: 98.13%
  • “Spark demo” in 241 incidents. Success: 97.51%
  • Overall success rate in database: 94.37%

TASER International DatabaseInjuries to Subjects as of Sept 13, 2006

10,485 total incidents reported

None: 10,485 91%

(Or not indicated)

Minor: 945 8%

(Puncture wounds from probes, abrasions)

Moderate: 41 0.3%

(Abrasions, skinned knee, carpet burn, testicle shot, penis shot, cut to mouth, cuts from falling onto glass)

Severe: 4 0.034%

putnam co sheriffs fl
Deputy Injuries 2005: M26 for ALL Patrol DeputiesPutnam Co Sheriffs FL


  • “Not only do TASERs help our officers, but we’ve seen far fewer injuries to the persons being arrested, because we’re not having to fight with them. So, it’s a win-win situation for the officer, for the suspect being arrested and for the taxpayers, because if we’re injured or the suspect’s injured, that’s who’s paying the bill,” said Sheriff Dean Kelly
south bend pd
Officer Injuries 2004South Bend PD


  • Since July 2003, TASER systems were deployed 632 times. No serious injuries have occurred because of their use. (Journal Gazette, March 06, 2006)
  • Over 200 TASER devices were deployed by patrol officers and half of the city’s detectives. SBPD plans to arm all 261 sworn officers by the end of this year.

Journal Gazette, March 06, 2006

  • Since July 2003, SBPD deployed TASER systems 632 times in a city with 110,000 residents, said Gary Horvath, chief of community relations. No serious injuries have occurred because of TASER system use, he said.
  • “Before, we used to have officers who got broken hands or broken arms – you name it – in physical altercations,” Horvath said. “Nowadays, instead of having officers off for six months for various broken bones, the worst thing we see happening to officers are bad knees sustained in chasing people.”
  • Jolts from TASERs have at least twice prevented people from killing themselves, Horvath said.
austin police dept field results
Austin Police Dept Field Results

Suspect Injuries 2004

Officer Injuries 2004



  • 334 uses in 2004 with 1,000 TASER devices accounting for 33.4% of all force reports
  • “Much of this reduction (in injuries) can be attributed to the availability of TASERs”
  • Use of TASER devices has led to a decrease in “physical contact between officers and subjects” and “seems to have contributed to fewer injuries overall for officers and fewer serious injuries for the suspects”
charlotte mecklenburg police dept
Officer Injuries 2004Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept

Suspect Injuries 2004



  • The report revealed at least 19 cases in which officers faced subjects with weapons and were able to get them under control using TASER devices instead of escalating to deadly force.
sarasota police dept
Sarasota Police Dept

Officer Injuries 2005


  • 127 uses in six-month period during 2005
  • Officer injuries have decreased by 45 percent
  • "I believe TASER (devices) have their advantages if they are well-monitored by the review process the city of Sarasota has put into place"
  • "I'm very pleased with it so far," Police Chief Peter Abbottsaid. "It's been safer for the public and for our officers."

Omaha Police Dept

Officer Injury Comparison 2003-2005




Officer injuries dropped 47% after implementing the TASER X26*

* Deployment of only 59 TASER X26s over three shifts.

* Injuries to officers sustained during the physical arrest of a suspect.


Omaha Police Dept

Officer Injury Comparison 2003-2005


Officer injuries dropped 47% after implementing the TASER X26*






* Injuries to officers sustained during the physical arrest of a suspect.

el paso police dept
29,000 arrests each year.

In 2002, with no TASER systems deployed there were 506 officer assaults. In 2003, when nearly every officer carried an TASER device, assaults on officers dropped to 378. By 2004, the department reported fewer than 300 officer assaults. In 2005, police officials said they should be about equal to or fewer than the 298 assaults reported in 2004. (59% decrease.)

Chief Richard Wiles said the decrease in assaults is beneficial to the department and to taxpayers because it reduces workers compensation claims filed by officers.

El Paso Police Dept

Officer Assaults 2005


cincinnati police dept
As of June 30, 2004, Cincinnati PD deployed and equipped 1,050 officers with TASER X26s

798 out of 1,050 officers volunteered to feel the effects of 5-second cycle with no negative effects

In the past six months, CPD has had over 300 deployments of the TASER X26 since it began its field deployment on January 26, 2004

Cincinnati Police Dept

Officer Injuries

Officer Assaults





cincinnati police dept 1 041 field results
Cincinnati Police Dept 1,041 Field Results

Officer Injuries


Suspect Injuries




Citizen Complaints


Traditional Overall

Use of Force



columbus police dept 6 month field 2005 results
Columbus Police Dept 6-month Field 2005 Results

Citizen Complaints of Excessive Force

Officer Injuries

Prisoner Injuries





Weapons Use

OC Spray Use

Strikes, Punches & Kicks




columbus police dept 2005 6 month field results
Columbus Police Dept2005 6-month Field Results

• There were 12 documented incidents where subjects attempting suicide were stopped and taken into custody preventing the deaths.

• There were 14 incidents officers responded to where deadly force was justified, but officers were able to use time, distance, and barriers to deploy the TASER system as the response verse using deadly force to control the subjects.

madison police dept field results
Madison Police Dept Field Results
  • MPD’s Review of TASER Field Data from January 2005
  • “MPD’s deployment of the TASER has reduced injuries to officers and suspects resulting” from use-of-force encounters.
  • “MPD’s deployment of the TASER has reduced MPD officers’ utilization of deadly force.”
  • “The TASER has proven to be a safe and effective use-of-force tool.”
  • “MPD officers are deploying the TASER in an appropriate manner.”
  • Citizen complaints concerning TASER devices: 0
  • Avoidance of lethal force by deploying TASER devices: 6


oklahoma city pd field results
Oklahoma City officers were involved in 12 shootings in 2000, in which five suspects were killed. In 2001, the year Oklahoma City bought its TASER devices, officer-involved shootings dropped to seven. That number dropped to five in 2002, and there were six in 2003. Three shootings have been reported so far this year in 2004 as of July 6, 2004.Oklahoma City PD Field Results

Officer Involved Shootings from 2001 to 2003





seattle police dept field results
Officer Involved Shootings in 2003 vs. Past 15 Years: ZeroSeattle Police Dept Field Results


  • For the first time in 15 years, the Seattle Police Department did not have a single fatal shooting involving an officer in year 2003 (0 shootings = 100% decline)
  • "We think a large part of what happened in '03 was a result of TASERs,“ said Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske"
miami police dept field results
Miami Police Dept Field Results

Physical Controls and Firearm Discharges

(These are not correlations)

Physical ControlsFirearm Discharges

  • 2000: 493 2000: 24
  • 2001: 303 2001: 18
  • 2002: 100 2002: 12
  • 2003: 103 2003: 0
long beach ca pd field results
Long Beach, CA PD Field Results

Damage claims

Injuries to Officers



  • During July of 2004 - June of 2005
  • 92% of the 342 TASER deployments resulted in minor to no injuries (arrests increased 2%)
  • “The TASER has shown to be a promising and long-term solution for a safe and effective less lethal weapon”

TASER Introduced

  • 2002: At risk of being privately un-insurable
  • TASER as part of 3 element plan eliminated injuries for 2 years
  • (through Sept 17, 2004)

Omaha Police Department

Workers Compensation Expenditures 2003-2005



Workers Compensation expenditures dropped 45% after implementing the TASER X26*

* Injuries sustained during the physical arrest of a suspect.


Omaha Police Department

Workers Compensation Expenditures 2003-2005

Details: Work Comp expenditures dropped by 74% in a 5 month

period after implementing the TASER X26*


28 Injuries



29 Injuries


* Expenditures for injuries sustained during the physical arrest of a suspect.

ft myers 2004 arrest results
"The TASER is the most effective tool that's ever been given to law enforcement," Lee Chitwood, Lee County Sheriff's Office said. “We think it's a valuable tool," he said. "We're going to continue to use it."

Both Fort Myers police and the sheriff's office assert there was no inappropriate use of the TASER system in 2004.

Investigations into two recent deaths are ongoing, but law enforcement officials have said they believe the deceased displayed symptoms of excited delirium.

Ft Myers 2004 Arrest Results

Lee County Sheriff’s Office

  • 14,280 total arrests
  • 328 arrestees resisted
  • 310 incidents in which TASER system deployed (or roughly two per every 100 arrests)

Ft Myers Police Department

  • 7,832 total arrests
  • 577 arrestees resisted (267 required force)
  • 105 incidents in which TASER system deployed


colorado 2005 stats only
Colorado 2005 Stats Only
  • Denver Police Department:
    • 73 uses during 66,988 arrests. 0.1% of all arrests
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department:
    • 23 uses during 10,825 arrests. 0.24% of all arrests
  • Grand Junction Police Department:
    • 56 uses during 5,178 arrests. Approx 1% of all arrests.
  • Pueblo Police Department:
    • 31 uses during its 8,804 arrests. 0.35% of all arrests
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
    • 18 uses during 1,804 arrests. Approx 1% of all arrests.
  • Montrose Police Department:
    • 5 uses during 692 arrests. 0.7% of all arrests


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Colorado 2005 Stats Only
  • Rifle Police Department:
    • Deployed TASER devices in 1.2% of its arrests
  • Longmont Police Department:
    • Reported that TASER devices were used in 1.7% of its arrests
  • All other state law enforcement agencies surveyed, with exception of the Longmont and Rifle police departments, reported using TASER devices in a lower percentage of arrests last year.
    • Stats courtesy of: Mike Saccone, - Saturday, June 17th, 2006 “The Daily Sentinel” in Grand Junction, CO


chico ca police study
Chico CA Police Study
  • A current study 15 by Chico Police Department reveals the following from year 2003 (no TASER devices) to 2004 (with TASER technology):
    • Officer injuries declined by 50%
    • Suspect injuries declined by 16%
    • Use of Force cases increased 53%
  • Source: Executive summary: Report on the Use of Force incidents at Chico Police Department 2003-2004


chico ca police study findings
Chico CA Police Study Findings
  • “All of the law enforcement departments surveyed appear to have adequate training on the use of TASER (systems).”
  • “Injuries to suspects and officers have been minimal with the use of TASER (systems).”
  • “No deaths were reported as a result of a TASER use.”
  • “TASER (systems) have been an effective option to other types of force to reduce injuries to both peace officers and suspects.”



Omaha Police Department








get the results out
Get the Results Out



February 2, 2005

Shortly after midnight today, police confronted a woman in a west Mobile apartment holding a knife above her head and threatening to kill herself. Officers repeatedly asked the woman to drop the weapon. But instead she raised it above her head and pointed it at her chest, at which time an officer drew his Taser gun and deployed it long enough to disarm her and take her into custody.

These kinds of scenarios are becoming more frequent as it becomes increasingly clear that the Taser gun can be a safe and effective weapon for law enforcement. “We are saving lives and reducing injuries,” said Police Chief Sam Cochran. “Unfortunately, the public doesn’t see the hundreds of incidents that de-escalate from a potentially violent level.”

Only two weeks ago, police subdued another dangerous subject without injury, again by use of a Taser gun. In this incident, police were summoned mid-afternoon to an apartment in Orange Grove. A woman reported that her husband, armed with a gun, had threatened her earlier in the day, kicked in a door and was destroying furniture and other property.

Police arrived on the scene to find a 28-year-old man wielding a knife in an apartment littered with broken furniture and glass. As police tried to talk him into surrender, he refused and threatened to use the knife on himself. Police deployed the Taser and were able to bring the 200-pound individual into custody.

Statistics tell the story of how the Taser gun has provided needed options for volatile situations. Use of force remained almost constant in 2004 over the previous year. But Taser use increased from 91 to 159 from 2003 to 2004, a result partly of the availability of the Taser gun, which was distributed to all patrol officers mid-year.

For the same two year periods, the number of times police had to wrestle subjects into custody was cut almost in half, a factor that clearly reduced the injuries associated with physical restraint incidents.

A Taser is an electronic gun that delivers 50,000 volts of electricity, causing muscles to contract and lock up temporarily.



Dallas PD: In 23 of 429 deployments, the TASER X26 prevented the high likelihood of deadly force since October 28, 2005:

  • 11/2/04, EDP subject charged officers with a hammer.
  • 12/28/04, aggravated robbery suspect armed with handgun; refused verbal commands.
  • 1/1/05, disturbance call; man possibly armed with rifle, AP was armed with 12” saw and yelled at officers to shoot him.
  • 2/25/05, EDP subject held 8” blade butcher knife to his throat.
  • 3/3/05, AP had handgun in his possession and fought with officers.
  • 3/21/05, call on a man with a gun, As officers searched suspect he ran and dumped gun, before fighting with officers who caught up with him.
  • 4/2/05, during warrant, AP fought with officers, grabbed butcher knife and held to his own throat.
  • 4/5/05, EDP suspect armed with scissors fought with officers.
  • 4/16/05, AP threatened suicide with .380 handgun, set gun down and a TASER system was deployed when he attempted to pick gun back up.
  • 4/27/05, attempted suicide, charged officers and firemen with butcher knife raised above head.
  • 5/10/05, aggravated robbery suspect, rammed officer’s vehicle and then fought with officers.
  • 5/13/05, drug dealer ran from officers and stopped by a TASER device while holding gun in his hand trying to flee.
  • 5/22/05, AP turned toward officers while holding a .38 revolver.
  • 5/29/05, EDP standing in street swinging a 30” sword while threatening police and citizens.
  • 6/5/05, traffic stop, while fighting with officers had 9mm handgun fall from waistband.
  • 6/12/05, suspect waiving gun in air, ran from police, when confronted took fighting stance.
  • 6/25/05, drug induced suspect hid under bed covers and threatened officers that he had a gun.
  • 7/5/05, fought with officers while he had a 7” blade butcher knife concealed in sock.
  • 7/20/05, attempted to take officers weapon.
  • 7/26/05, robbery by assault suspect (280 lbs.) fought with officers.
  • 8/7/05, suspect armed with handgun while fighting officers.
  • 9/7/05, suspect armed with knife while fighting police.
  • 9/19/05, suspect armed with knife while fighting with police.
Steve Tuttle

Vice President of Communications

Email: Steve@TASER.com

Phone: 480-905-2006