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.01.This procedure provides officers with guidelines necessary for the safe carrying,;

handling, deployment, and use of Electronic Control Devices (ECD).

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.02A. Officers are authorized to use an ECD to affect an arrest if;

physical force has proven ineffective or are not a reasonable option based upon the circumstances.

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.02B. Officers are responsible for the;

safekeeping and appropriate use of their ECD.

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.04A. An officer desiring to carry an ECD while on or off-duty must:

1. Successfully complete a training course at the Training Academy or
2. Present a certificate of training from a TCLEOSE approved course and demonstrate proficiency to the Training Academy Commander or his designee.

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.04B. Upon satisfactory demonstration in the ECD use, the Training Academy Commander or designee recommends approval or disapproval to carry the ECD and;

routes a written report to the officer’s division commander.

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.04C. The officer's division commander makes a written recommendation approving or disapproving the carrying of the ECD to the;

a. Training Academy Section
b. The Office of the Chief.

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.04D. Who makes the final decision to approve or disapprove the carrying of the ECD?

The Chief of Police

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.05A. When the probes make contact with the suspect, the ECD will transmit;

electrical pulses along the wires and into the suspect

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.05A. The pulses can penetrate clothing;
up to;

two inches in thickness.

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.05A. The pulses will temporarily override the sensory nervous system and motor nervous system control over the skeletal muscles, resulting in;

uncontrollable muscle contractions, temporarily disabling the individual.

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.05B. The ECD is pre-programmed to deliver a;

five-second electrical burst.

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.05B. During an actual deployment, it is recommended the;

full five-second cycle be used for maximum effectiveness of the weapon.

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05B. The officer can shorten this automatic five-second cycle by simply;

engaging the safety, thereby turning off the weapon.

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..05C. Each ECD includes a data port located on the unit. Every time the ECD is utilized, specific information will be;

recorded to assist in accurate reporting of ECD usage.

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.06A. To receive ECD training officers must be selected by;

the Chief of Police or designee

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.06B. Officers must successfully complete a training course and be certified in the use of ECDs to be;

authorized to carry and use an ECD as an intermediate weapon.

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.06B. Only officers who have also successfully completed a;

(40) hour Crisis Intervention Training course will receive authorization to carry an ECD.

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.06C. ECD operators will be required to attend a Department approved;

ECD recertification course Annually.

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.06C. When shall officers participate in remedial training, to include additional information, and practical training, prior to recertification, to carry the ECD?

When an officer fails the written or practical exam.

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.06C. An Officer, having to attend remedial training, will not be authorized to carry an ECD if the officer;

fails any portion of the remedial training.

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.06C. When may the officer who has failed remedial training request authorization to carry an ECD?

After (6) months.

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An officer who has waited the required (6) months, before requesting authorization to carry an ECD, if approved, must complete the;

entire block of ECD training.

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.07A. Officers shall only carry and use;

department-issued ECDs.

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.07B. Officers who carry the ECD may choose not to carry a;

second intermediate weapon.

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.07C. Officers have the option of wearing the holster in front of the firearm for a support side cross-draw, or on the opposite hip of the;

duty firearm to draw the ECD only, with the support hand. The strong hand cross-draw carry still applies.

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.07D. An ECD and (2) cartridges will be issued to;

authorized officers.

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.07E. The serial number of the ECD and the serial number of each cartridge will be documented at the time of;

issue / replacement of the equipment.

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.07F. Cartridges will not be stored except in the;

designated issue point, a Department locker, or the armory.

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.07G. After each deployment, a;

supervisor will be notified for a replacement cartridge.

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.07G. Prior to issuance of a new cartridge, a report documenting the deployment;

will be provided to the supervisor.

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.08.A. A pre-operation check of the ECD will be conducted;

prior to going on duty.

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.08A. The ECD resembles a;

pistol and it should be handled accordingly.

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.08A. With the cartridge removed and the weapon pointed in a safe direction, the officer will perform a;

spark display of the ECD.

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.08A. If the ECD fails to fire or fires slowly, ensure the batteries are fully charged and properly installed. If it doesn't work, contact;

your immediate supervisor, or the armory for replacement.

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.08A. The officer will attach the cartridge and holster the weapon, and will not test fire the ECD a second time during the;

shift without a specific reason and a supervisor’s approval.

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.08B. After a successful spark test an officer will not conduct an additional spark test;

without supervisor approval.

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.08C. Accidental discharges will require;

supervisor notification.

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.08C. The officer shall report the incident in writing through his chain of command, to;

his division commander.

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.08D. A copy of the report shall be forwarded to;

the Internal Affairs Unit.

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.09.A. If physical force has proven ineffective or is not a reasonable option based upon the circumstances, officers are;

authorized to use an ECD to affect an arrest.

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.09B. The ECD is not intended to be used in deadly force situations, and is deployed as a;

non-deadly tool for the officer.

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.09B. Personnel shall only utilize the ECD consistent with;

the training received.

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.09C. The ECD is not intended to replace the open/empty hands control techniques used to;

restrain a passive resister.

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.09C. The ECD is to be used for control and arrest of aggressive resisters who may be exhibiting violent behavior or when there is reasonable belief;

it would be unsafe for officers to approach within contact range of the suspect.

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.09C. The ECD is placed at the same level of force as;

OC spray / Gel.

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.09D. The decision to use the ECD will be dependent upon the:

a. Actions of the subject,
b.Threat facing the officer, and
c. Totality of circumstances surrounding the incident.

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.09E. As with any other type of force, officers will end application of the ECD when;

the subject discontinues resistance or aggression.

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.09F. ECDs should not be brandished, displayed, or pointed at a subject in an intimidating manner unless an officer is

attempting to prevent further escalation of force.

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.09G. More than one officer may deploy (brandish) an ECD, however;

no more than one officer at a time should activate an ECD against a person.

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.09G. When activating an ECD, officers should use it for one standard 5-second cycle and then;

evaluate the situation.

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.09G. If subsequent cycles are necessary, officers shall restrict the number and duration of those cycles to the;

minimum activations necessary to place the subject in custody.

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.09H. Officers may use an ECD when:

1. Lesser methods have failed;
2. In self-defense or defense of a third person;
3. Subduing or controlling a violent subject;
4. Subduing an aggressively resisting actor;
5. Physical force has proven ineffective or is not a reasonable option based upon the circumstances.

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.09I. Proper application will result in temporary immobilization of the subject and provide the officer a “window of opportunity” in which to take the subject safely into custody.

Probe Mode

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Optimum range for probe deployment is 7 to 15 feet with a 21 foot maximum distance.

Probe Mode

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.09I. A subject threatening himself or others with physical force and other means of controlling the subject are unreasonable or could cause injury to the public, the officer, or the subject.

Situation appropriate for ECD deployment.

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.09I. The ECD may be used on a subject when reasonably necessary to overcome;

aggressive resistance to lawful objectives.

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.09I. Other means of lesser or equal force have been ineffective and the threat still exists to the public, the
officer, or the subject.

Situation appropriate for ECD deployment.

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.09I. ECD may be used on aggressive animals in the defense of the;

officers or innocent bystanders.

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.09I. When touched to the body, the ECD causes significant localized pain in the area touched by the ECD but does not have the effect of NMI.

Drive Stun Mode

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.09I. Does not incapacitate a subject but may assist in taking a subject into custody.

The Drive Stun

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.09I. Drive Stun Mode use:

a. Eliminate physical resistance from arrestee in accomplishing an arrest or physical search.
b. Aggressive animals in the defense of officers or innocent bystanders.
c. Multiple “Drive Stuns” are discouraged and must be justified on the Use of Force Report.

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.09I. Drive Stun Mode: If the initial application is ineffective, the officer will ;

reassess the situation and consider other available
options.

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.09I. This is used to show the suspect ECDs are present and may be used on them if they do not
comply with the instructions issued by the officer.

Spark Display

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Nothing prohibits officers from utilizing this tactic for crowd control purposes.

Spark Display

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Officers are cautioned to be cognizant of crowd reaction if this tactic appears to incite an already unruly / volatile crowd it should be discontinued.

spark displays

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.09J. 1. Needless display of the device;
2. Careless or haphazard muzzle control;
3. Against a person in a punitive manner;
4. Use or threat during interrogation;

Improper handling or inappropriate uses of this device, which may result in disciplinary action.

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.09J. 5. To awaken a person;
6. Using the device as a prod;
7. On helpless or obviously disabled person;
8. Carelessness in its storage;

Improper handling or inappropriate uses of this device, which may result in disciplinary action.

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.09J. 9. Abuse of the equipment;
10. Failure to report damage to the device;
11. Tampering with the device or the data.
12. Failure to document receipt of a new or
replacement device or cartridge;

Improper handling or inappropriate uses of this device, which may result in disciplinary action.

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.09K. Prior to deployment of the ECD, the ECD operator should attempt to obtain a cover officer:

1. Cover officer will provide deadly force if needed.
2. Officers consider cover and distance at all times.
3. Officers should consider bystanders at all times.

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.09K. The cover officer will be armed with a;

department-approved firearm appropriate to the
situation.

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.09K. Should a subject take control of an officers ECD, the subject possess the capability, to;

discharge the weapon, and render the officer helpless.

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.09L. Prior to discharging the ECD, the operator should notify others on scene by;

announcing “TASER.”

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.09L. If practical, instruct the Communications Unit to;

broadcast an ECD is going to be deployed.

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.09L. If not practical, notify the dispatcher, as soon as feasible, an;

electrical charge has been administered through use of an ECD and which mode was utilized, (i.e. probe, stun, or both)

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.09M. Prior to firing, use loud verbal commands when feasible and point the;

laser sight at the subject

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.09M. A suggested warning to the suspect may be:“f you do not comply with my commands;

I may be forced to use a Taser.

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.09M. Preferred target zones are;

{a} below the chest and off center, to split the hemisphere from a frontal position and
{b} below the neck from a back position.

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.09M. Care should be taken to avoid the;

face, neck, groin, and other sensitive areas of the subject.

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.09N. An arrest team consists of;

no less than two officers: one officer with an ECD and another officer with a department approved firearm.

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.09N. Firearms will be secure;

prior to approaching and securing the suspect.

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.09N. When given the command to do so by the ECD operator, the handcuffing officer;

will immediately attempt to safely control the subject.

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.09N. Subjects are most easily controlled;

while the ECD is discharging.

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.09N. Throughout the incident, ECD operators will continually assess;

compliance levels and breathing ability of the subject before applying additional cycles to the subject.

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.09N. Following ECD activation, officers should not use a restraint technique that;

restricts breathing.

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.09O. When the officer knows a subject has come in contact with flammable liquids or is in a flammable atmosphere;

ECDs shall not be utilized.

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.09O. Against persons known to be under the influence of drugs;

ECDs shall not be utilized.

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.09O. When the subject is in a position to fall and possibly sustain substantial injury or death;

ECDs shall not be utilized.

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.09O. ECDs shall not be utilized when the subject is visibly pregnant, unless;

deadly force is the only other option.

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.09O. If the subject is in or around water where drowning could result;

ECDs shall not be utilized.

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.09O. ECDs shall not be utilized:

* punitively for purposes of coercion;
* to escort or jab subjects;
* to awaken unconscious subjects;
* on a handcuffed prisoner;
* against frail persons of any age;

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.09P. On subjects operating motor vehicles (this includes autos, trucks, motorcycles, and scooters);

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09P. On a person operating a self-propelled vehicle (e.g. bicycle);

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09P. When the subject is holding a firearm;

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09P. When the subject is at extremes of age (youth or aged) or physically disabled;

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09P.When deadly force is clearly justifiable, unless another officer is present and capable of providing deadly force to protect officers and/or civilians as necessary;

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09P.In cases where another officer has already successfully deployed an ECD on the suspect.

ECDs should not be utilized

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.09Q. Qll scenes in which an ECD has been activated;

A supervisor shall be notified and respond to

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.09Q. Of the ECD activation, the supervisor will conduct a;

preliminary assessment and submit a report of his findings along with the Use of Force Report.

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.09Q. The supervisor will ensure of the following:

1. Affected area and any injuries are photographed..
2. Collect clothing when burn marks or fabric tears occur because of ECD use.
3. Use of Force Report, will be completed.
4. Secure in car videos of incident, and forward with use of force report.

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.09Q. The supervisor will ensure a copy of all reports, in car videos, and Crime Scene Unit Investigators’ photos will be forwarded to the;

Internal Affairs Unit through the chain of command for review and compilation of statistics.

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.09Q. The supervisor will ensure a copy of all reports, in car videos, and Crime Scene Unit Investigators’ photos will also be forwarded to the;

Training Academy ECD instructors for review and possible curriculum enhancements.

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.09Q. A supervisor shall download the;

ECD information and include it with the use of force report.

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What must be performed, prior to downloading the information, in order to confirm current time as a relative point of reference.

A spark display, but remove the cartridge before performing a spark display.

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.09Q. Who ensures fired ECD cartridges are replaced?

Supervisor shall ensure fired ECD cartridges are replaced prior to the end of the officer’s tour of duty.

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.09P.On subjects operating motor vehicles (this includes autos, trucks, motorcycles, and scooters);

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09P.On a person operating a self-propelled vehicle (e.g. bicycle);

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09P.When the subject is holding a firearm;

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09P.When the subject is at extremes of age (youth or aged) or physically disabled;

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09P.When deadly force is clearly justifiable, unless another officer is present and capable of providing deadly force as necessary;

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09P.In cases where another officer has already successfully deployed an ECD on the suspect.

ECDs should not be utilized.

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.09Q. What is the proper procedure when returning an OC canister?

Attach the receipt to the canister prior to depositing in the receptacle.

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.09Q. The supervisor will ensure [ECD discharge}:

1. Affected area and any injuries are photographed.
2. Collect clothing when burn marks or fabric tears occur because of ECD use.
3. Use of Force Report, will be completed.
4. Secure in car videos of incident, and forward with use of force report.

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09R. Any use of the ECD contrary to the direction of this procedure can result in;

revocation of the officers authorization to use this weapon and may result in disciplinary action.

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.09S. Any officer discharging an ECD accidentally or intentionally shall immediately;

notify an on-duty supervisor, and report the incident in writing, through his chain of command, to his division commander.

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.09S. The supervisor notified, ECD discharge, will review all the circumstances surrounding the discharge to ensure all;

policy, training, weapon /equipment, and discipline issues are addressed, and evidence is collected as applicable.

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.09S. Upon completion of his initial review, the supervisor will determine;

if there are any violations of departmental policy and make a recommendation based on his review of the incident.

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.09S. The officer’s initial report and the supervisor’s recommendations are then;

forwarded through the chain of command for final review and disposition.

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.09S. The division commander shall review the reports and recommendations, and based on the merits, substance, and gravity of the incident;

request further investigation, implement discipline, or recommend no disciplinary action.

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.09S. Regardless of the outcome, all reports with recommendations will be;

routed to the Internal Affairs Unit and will be maintained on file in accordance with the Department’s retention schedule.

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.10A. Attention to the subjects after utilization of the ECD is vital, and officers need to be aware and look for;

obvious signs of injury that may be incidental to ECD use.

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.10B. EMS is requested, as soon as possible, to all scenes where a subject has;

received an electrical charge from an ECD.

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.10C. Who may remove ECD darts when penetration has occurred?

An ECD certified officer.

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.10C. The officer will not remove probes, from the subject, embedded in the:

1. face, 2.eyes, 3. mouth, 4. neck,
5. hands, 6. female breast area,
7. nipples, 8. groin and/or genitals.

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.10C. Officers will remove probes from strikes in any other area, not restricted, as listed above;

utilizing techniques learned in training.

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.10C. The suspect will be transported for medical treatment anytime the probes;

break off inside the suspect,.

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.10D. If not removed prior to EMS arrival, EMS personnel;

may remove the ECD darts when penetration has occurred.

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.10D. EMS personnel examine the subject and determine;

whether the subject requires further medical attention

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.10D. If darts cannot be removed by EMS personnel, the subject should be;

transported to a medical facility as soon as possible.

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.10E. If EMS determine a prisoner requires further medical attention, the prisoner is;

continuously observed visually and audibly, by the officer during transport, to include an officer riding with EMS.

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.10E. Should the arresting officer be involved with other duties;

another officer is assigned to accompany the prisoner.

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.10E. After examination at medical facility, prisoners not requiring further medical attention are;

transported to the Detention facility.

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.10E. Officers transporting a prisoner from Downtown University Health Care facility to the Detention Facility, request BCHD Form, E. R. Encounter - Admitting Form, from;

hospital personnel, which is routed in the same manner as SAPD Injured Prisoner Report Form.

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.10F. When EMS personnel determine a prisoner does not require further medical attention, the prisoner is;

transported to the Detention Facility by the officer.

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.10F. When a prisoner receives an ECD discharge and is transported to the detention facility, on arrival the officer ;

verbally notifies Detention Facility personnel the prisoner was exposed to an ECD.

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.10F. On the MS-DC 17, Registration / Property Form, in accordance with Procedure, the officer writes;

*ECD* in large block letters at the top of the form.

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.10F. These names are included on the Use of Force Report.

Officer who continuously observed the subject and the name of the Detention facility personnel the officer notified of the ECD exposure.

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.11A. Communications Unit: To all scenes, where there has been a discharge of an ECD, by a San Antonio Police Officer.

Dispatchers shall dispatch Crime Scene Unit Investigators.

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.11B. Shall promptly respond to the scene, where there has been a discharge of an ECD, by a San Antonio Police Officer.

Crime Scene Unit Investigators

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.11B. The Crime Scene Unit Investigator shall place spent probes into the;

Property Room as evidence.

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.11B. When placing spent probes into the property room, Crime Scene Unit Investigators leave the wires the way they are and place the probes, (if used in probe mode);

back into the cartridge with the barbs down, securing the cartridge holes with evidence tape.

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.11B. The Crime Scene Unit Investigator shall placed the cartridge in an;

evidence envelope and labeled it with a biohazard sticker.

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.11B. These will be placed in a separate evidence envelope.

A sample of the AFID confetti from the ECD cartridge.

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.11B. If the AFID confetti cannot be recovered from the scene (washed away by rain, destroyed by fire, etc.), the circumstances preventing recovery will be detailed in;

the offense/incident report and the use of force report.

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.11C. Who replaces ECD equipment, returned to the Armory by officers, and completes the appropriate section, SAPD Form 62-RFI, and forwards a copy of the form to the Internal Affairs Unit?

The Armory and Supply Office

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11D. Must understand the maximum effective range of all weapons carried by their shift personnel.

Supervisory Officers

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11D. Ensures, through periodic inspections, that officers under their supervision, carry only;
approved ECDs and all equipment is in proper working order.

Supervisory Officers

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.11D. When the Armory is closed, who verifies information is entered in the appropriate section of the Receipt, for Issue/Replacement of OC Spray/Gel and/or ECD, by officers returning an ECD or cartridges to the Ready Room?

Supervisory Officers

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.11D. When the Armory is closed, and officers check out replacement equipment, who verifies the information, entered into the OC spray/gel and/or ECD logbook?

Supervisory Officers

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.11D. All ECD’s, assigned under the supervisor, must be downloaded on a;

quarterly basis, to keep the time and date accurate.

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