The Evanston Police Department has released a new video, available at youtube.com/CityofEvanstonIL, that provides insight into the Department’s training and usage of Tasers.
The Taser electronic control weapon is a less lethal force option used to control combative subjects with minimal risk of injury to the subject and the officer. The Evanston Police Department first deployed Tasers in July of 2010, providing training to approximately 40 officers. As of April 1, 2016, all Evanston Police Department personnel from the rank of Patrol Officer to Commander are trained in the use of Tasers.
The Evanston Police Department continues to update its policy to adhere to best practices for safe usage of Tasers. Each year, all trained officers must complete recertification for Taser use, which includes:
- Handling and manipulation of the Taser
- Review of use-of-force and Taser policy
- Firing at least two cartridges on a simulated stress course
From 2010 to 2014, Taser use accounted for 17 percent of Evanston Police Department use-of-force incidents. In 2015, Taser deployment accounted for just 5 percent of use-of-force incidents. There have been no injuries, complaints of excessive use of force, or complaints of intimidation related to Taser usage since being deployed by the Department.
All Tasers carried by Evanston Police must be equipped with an attached Taser camera. In addition, the Department’s yellow Tasers help prevent weapon confusion in stressful situations.
For more information about the Evanston Police Department’s Taser Program, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.