The New York City Experience

  • Michael D. White
  • Justin Ready

This chapter seeks to examine all 820 incidents involving the use of TASER CEWs by police officers in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) over 6.5-year period, January 1, 2002 through May 15, 2007. Drawing from police reports of incidents in which an officer used the CEW, the chapter seeks to accomplish several objectives: (1) to track the prevalence of CEW use over time in the study site; (2) to describe the typical situations in which the weapon is used; (3) to examine the demographic and behavioral characteristics of police officers and suspects involved; (4) to assess the effectiveness of the device; and (5) to investigate whether it is used in compliance with departmental guidelines.


Police Officer Police Department Police Agency Patrol Officer Force Continuum 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (2005). Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology (EMDT). A Nine-Step Strategy for Effective Deployment. IACP: Alexandria, VA, USA.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Kalamazoo Gazette (2004). Michigan Officers Find Tasers Stunningly Effective. March 7, 2004.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    U.S. Government Accountability Office (2005). Taser Weapons: Use of Tasers by Selected Law Enforcement Agencies. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International relations, Committee on Government reform, House of Representatives.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    New York Times (2004). Claims Over Tasers' Safety are Challenged. November 26, 2004.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    TASER International (2002). Advanced Taser M26 Field Report Analysis. November 7, 2002.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Seattle Police Department Special Report. 2002.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Heck, J. (2003). Kinetic impact weapons: the potential for injury. Tactical Edge, 62–63. Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    New York Police Department (2000). Study Police Department Patrol Guide. Study City: Study Police Department.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Teplin, L.A. (2000). Keeping the peace: Police discretion and mentally ill persons. National Institute of Justice Journal, 8–15.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lurigio, A.J., Fallon, J.R., & Dincin, J. (2000). Helping the mentally ill in jails adapt to community life: A description of a postrelease ACT program and its clients. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 44(5), 532–548.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Swanson, J.W., Holzer, C.D., Ganju, V.K., & Jono, R.T. (1990). Violence and psychiatric disorder in the community: Evidence from the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Surveys. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 41, 761–770.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Newhill, C.E. & Mulvey, E.P. (2002). Emotional dysregulation: The key to a treatment approach for violent mentally ill individuals. Clinical Social Work Journal, 30(2), 157–171.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Mulvey, E.P. & Fardella, J. (2000). Are the mentally ill really violent? Psychology Today, 33(6), 39–50.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. White
  • Justin Ready

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations