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Postby contact,waitout » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:59 pm

08-034031
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This weekend the CBC completed a study on the use and deployment of the X-26 Taser. The study, which was completed by an independent laboratory, indicated that there was a problem with X-26 Tasers that were manufactured in the United States before 2005. The issue identified was that the Tasers were showing increased Voltage and Amperage higher than product specifications.

Taser were contacted by the Medicine Hat Police Service and adamantly deny the CBC testing protocol and indicate the testing was flawed and added that the devices are perfectly safe.

The Medicine Hat Police Service has suspended use of the X-26 Taser in the City of Medicine Hat until it is determined what year the Taser units were manufactured and until Taser responds to the CBC report. The Medicine Hat Police Service will continue to equip officers with the M-26 Taser which testing deemed to be within the manufacturers specifications.

The Medicine Hat Police Service has suspended use of the X-26 Taser only as a precaution with the intent to fully protect the citizens of the City of Medicine Hat and the officers of the Medicine Hat Police Service.



Are there any other services that have gone this route?

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Postby SPC » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:10 pm

contact,waitout wrote:
08-034031
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2008-12-09 13:02
MEDIA NOTIFICATION
850-900 2 ST SE

Text Release Date and Time: 2008-12-09 13

This weekend the CBC completed a study on the use and deployment of the X-26 Taser. The study, which was completed by an independent laboratory, indicated that there was a problem with X-26 Tasers that were manufactured in the United States before 2005. The issue identified was that the Tasers were showing increased Voltage and Amperage higher than product specifications.

Taser were contacted by the Medicine Hat Police Service and adamantly deny the CBC testing protocol and indicate the testing was flawed and added that the devices are perfectly safe.

The Medicine Hat Police Service has suspended use of the X-26 Taser in the City of Medicine Hat until it is determined what year the Taser units were manufactured and until Taser responds to the CBC report. The Medicine Hat Police Service will continue to equip officers with the M-26 Taser which testing deemed to be within the manufacturers specifications.

The Medicine Hat Police Service has suspended use of the X-26 Taser only as a precaution with the intent to fully protect the citizens of the City of Medicine Hat and the officers of the Medicine Hat Police Service.



Are there any other services that have gone this route?


From what I understand, all municipal departments in AB, the RCMP in AB, and some Muni's in BC are suspending use of X-26 made before a specific time. M-26, and other X-26's appear to still be in service.
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Postby Alberta Blue » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:23 pm

The Alberta government is going to conduct an independent review of the X-26's. Alberta muni services and RCMP are not required to quit using the units unless they voluntarily do so.

The CBC better hope they are right. If these independent tests show they lied they will be in some hot water.

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Postby contact,waitout » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:45 pm

The CBC better hope they are right. If these independent tests show they lied they will be in some hot water.


No doubt! I just wish the media would stop slamming this tool. I'd rather be zapped than have two extra breathing holes in my chest ;)

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Postby PHB » Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:44 am

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The CBC better hope they are right. If these independent tests show they lied they will be in some hot water.


No doubt! I just wish the media would stop slamming this tool. I'd rather be zapped than have two extra breathing holes in my chest ;)


You'll see an increase of officer IOD's and subject injuries as well. With the taser gone officers will have to use more empty hand control hard and impact weapons which in turn will cause more injuries.
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Postby Jim Street » Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:48 pm

Winnipeg police pull some Tasers out of service over concerns about bigger jolts
DATE: Dec 10, 05:26 PM



THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg police have become the latest law enforcement agency to pull some of its Tasers out of service over concerns they may give a bigger jolt of electricity than specified by the manufacturer.

In a news release, Winnipeg police say recent tests conducted by National Technical Systems determined that a number of devices manufactured before 2005 may conduct a higher electrical current than first thought.

The review applies to all X26 models acquired before 2005.

Law enforcement officials in British Columbia are also pulling those same models out of use.

In Fredericton, N.B., officials say they will test the models that they have, but won’t pull them out of service.
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Postby Inspir » Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:08 pm

http://alberta.ca/ACN/200812/2492726A04 ... 3AEDB.html

December 11, 2008
Alberta to test Tasers

Edmonton... Alberta will test all X-26 model Tasers that were purchased by Alberta police services before January 1, 2006 to ensure they are operating within the manufacturer’s specifications.

The independent testing is expected to begin in January and will take up to two months to complete.

“In the interest of public and police officer safety, my department is currently in discussions with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to implement a testing protocol for all X-26 model Tasers purchased by Alberta police services before January 1, 2006,” said Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security.

“The plan is to test all of the approximately 400 Tasers in question to determine if they are working within the manufacturer’s specifications,” added Lindsay. “We’ll await the results of those tests before deciding on next steps. In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Canadian Police Research Centre on a standard testing protocol for police services across the country.”

If a device is found to not be operating to manufacturer specifications it will be pulled from service.

There are approximately 400 X-26 model Tasers being used by Alberta police services that were acquired before January 1, 2006. The Alberta government has not ordered any Alberta police department to remove any Tasers from service.


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Postby flite » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:06 pm

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From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

December 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM EST

VANCOUVER — All law-enforcement agencies in British Columbia and one in New Brunswick are joining the RCMP nationally in a safety audit of tasers.

Municipal police forces, B.C. Corrections Branch, Skytrain police and BC Sheriff Services are calling in an unknown number of taser devices for safety testing, Solicitor-General John van Dongen announced Tuesday.

“All the tasers that were purchased prior to Jan. 1, 06 … will be taken out of service for sufficient time to have them tested and recalibrated, if necessary, and then they will go back into service,” said Mr. Van Dongen at a news conference.

He did not know how many tasers would be involved.

The RCMP on Monday announced that some 24 Taser Model X-26 weapons across Canada were being removed from service to undergo testing, because of safety concerns raised by a recent CBC/Radio Canada report.

The Fredericton Police Force announced a similar recall Tuesday.

In the B.C. safety check, the conducted energy weapons (CEWs) “will be tested to ensure they generate electrical currents consistent with manufacturers' specifications,” said a statement released by Mr. van Dongen's office.

“All impacted organizations are currently doing an inventory, to determine exact numbers of devices that will require mandatory outside testing,” the statement said.

“Municipal police have also agreed to research and establish a standard for regular calibration of all CEWs used in the province, and RCMP in B.C. have also been asked to comply. The provincial government has taken this action in the interest of public and officer safety following concerns raised by recent independent testing of the devices.”

In a CBC/Radio Canada segment broadcast last week, it was reported that tests of 41 tasers found four units were delivering more current that Taser International said was possible.

In some of the CBC tests, the weapons put out a current up to 50 per cent stronger than specified.

After learning of the CBC tests in November, the RCMP said it randomly pulled a sample of 30 tasers for independent testing and found all were within the manufacturer's specifications.

On Monday, in Ottawa, the RCMP released a statement saying it had done a national inventory of stun guns and had identified 24 units acquired before Jan. 1, 2006. They were all recalled for testing.

“The steps taken by the RCMP to remove some CEWs from service and to conduct tests is part of our ongoing effort to ensure our policies and practices continue to be appropriate and are based on the best available information,” the RCMP said in a press release.

Taser International has said the four devices that malfunctioned in the CBC tests could have performed in an irregular manner because they had not been spark-tested on a regular basis.

But other jurisdictions aren't taking any chances. In New Brunswick, the Fredericton Police Force announced Tuesday it will run tests on 20 tasers it has in service.

“We're looking at where we can have some independent testing done,” Constable Ralph Currie said. “We want to ensure that what we have and what we are using does by documentation meet with the manufacturer's recommended guidelines. We're pretty confident that the tasers we're using do meet those guidelines.”

Tasers have long been in use by police departments as a non-lethal option to firearms.

But critics say the weapon, which discharges a 50,000-volt electrical pulse, has been linked to more than 290 deaths in North America since 2001. Taser International says its weapon has not caused any of those deaths.

The weapon has been under intense scrutiny in Canada since last year, after the release of a graphic video that shows RCMP officers using a taser to subdue Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, at Vancouver International Airport.

Mr. Dziekanski collapsed when he was shot and died a short time after. That death led to the formation of the Braidwood Commission of Inquiry, under the direction of retired judge Thomas Braidwood, which is examining the use of tasers by law-enforcement agencies in B.C.

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Postby Steve Nordin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:37 pm

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