Friday, December 2, 2011
CMPD New TASER Fail
Are you shocked, stunned, startled in to compliance? Not unless you are a CMPD Officer trying out the "new" state of the art TASER X2.
There is a reported software problem with the new TASER. The weapon has a button which pressing it causes the weapon to make an arc of electricity without removing the TASER cartridge as you had to do before with the X26 (you could still do what is called a drive stun with the cartridge in place if you wanted to).
The arc could be used to test daily the funcitonality of the TASER, as a warning to a suspect or as a compliance technique.
The arc was supposed to only last 5 seconds but now it is found that it would continue as long as one held the trigger. New software is supposedly on the way to fix the issue.
Major Props and a hat tip to CK and City News Watch for the details.
Cedar Posts Update 11:15 am
It didn't take long for CMPD's Brass to kick out a little spin control.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department continues to move forward with TASER X2 training to issue the new electronic control weapon to our officers. The department is constantly reviewing upgrades to the TASER X2 to satisfy the CMPD’s requirements that the deployment cycle is limited to five seconds for the probes and the Arc Switch. The CMPD requested TASER International upgrade the software in the CMPD TASER X2 to limit the Arc Switch to five seconds.
The software upgrade does not impact classroom instruction on the electronic control weapon, policies and procedures for more than 1,700 CMPD officers. The training is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011 and the TASER X2 will be distributed to our officers when the software is upgraded.
Deputy Chief Katrina Graue
Administrative Services Group
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
601 E. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Cedar's Take: I'm not sure why the change to the new and improved TASER, I'd guess newer is better, but what troubles me is that CMPD Officers have been without the TASER for more than six months. Even if Officers complete the training on the new X2, they will still have to wait for the upgrade to the software.
Since neither CMPD or TASER International have given a date for the software upgrade in could be well into 2012 before CMPD Officers have TASERS back in their hands.
And that is just all kind of wrong.