Hello, I'm Officer Jack Jameston, one of the DEPD's finest. In Real Life, I'm a retired police officer, and as such, I received training in Tasers. The first thing I'm going to cover is When Not To Use A Taser.
By Someone who has both used a Taser, and has been hit with a Taser in Real Life.
Taser is a registered trademark. It is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electrical Rifle. Jack Cover, the NASA researcher who began developing the Taser in 1969, was a Tom Swift Fan, so he named his invention after Tom's fictional Rifle.
WHEN NOT TO USE A TASER
Tasers are consider non-lethal (but can be harmful!) ways of subduing a person, please respect other peoples role-play and take factors into consideration. If a person is parked wrong for a traffic violation, this probably isn't a reason to aim a Taser at them. Nor is being called names. Doing so in huge public arena's where cameras, videos and CCTV's are watching you is probably going to get you in trouble.
Taser usage should be limited to times when a situation has become PHYSICALLY DANGEROUS for an officer or to other citizens.
Taser cartridges for police cost around 100$ per cartridge. If you are going through 100 cartridges per month, then you need to ask yourself if your using too much before the dual Captains yank you aside to ask why you are spending all of the DEPD's funding on the cities troublemakers. You have a perfectly usable baton. It's not there for looks.
Tasers are fight-enders, and that's not always fun for people. Please keep this in mind, if a fight has been going on for hours, it could be a welcome reprieve for people. But it could also mean your disturbing someone else's cool fight scene. Be respectful, and if nothing else, grab your baton and wade right in! Your taser should be used when you see someone getting killed, an officer getting the crap beat out of them, or similar kinds of scenes.
HOW TO USE A TASER
DE Rules on Taser Usage
First Post: You must Draw Your Weapon and Aim your Weapon
DODGING A TASER
I have seen officers get upset OOCLY when someone dodges a Taser.
1. Tasers are not pinpoint accurate weapons. Hitting a target that is standing still is pretty easy, but hitting a moving target is 500 times harder. You should expect to miss about half your taser shots!
2. Tasers have a limited range of up to 15 feet. Beyond that they become wildly inaccurate.
3. A Police Official may carry two cartridges for a taser upon their belt. When you use your taser, hit or miss, you must reload your taser and re-aim before firing.
First Post: Reload Taser Cartridge and Aim
Tasers have small barbs on the electrodes that come out when fired, these are attached to the gun with a set of wires that go to the Taser's electrical system. A Taser, when shot, will hook into SKIN or CLOTHING, an electrical charge will jump from up to 3 inches from clothing to skin of the person wearing the clothing item. THEY DO NOT have to pierce the skin.
TASERS HAVE A SECONDARY SYSTEM (IMPORTANT INFO)
That is, if you shoot and miss, you can remove the front cartridge and use the Taser as a hand-held stun gun if you have ran out of cartridges in a fight. Tasers can be used in a touch-stun mode. The user is thus provided with a final backup if the probes miss the target. Should the user miss or engage a second attacker, he can touch the unit directly to the target and it will work like a powerful touch-stun device.
MOST TASERS HAVE A BUILT IN RECOGNITION SYSTEM (AKA TARGET CONFETTI)
When a police officer fires a Taser, the Taser releases small confetti sized identification tags that help investigators know which Police Officer fired, at what location, from what direction. Most Taser guns also have a computer system that records the time of every shot.
Upon Firing, Compressed Nitrogen Gas projects two probes UP to 15 feet at a speed of 180 ft per second. An electrical signal transmits through the region when the probes make contact with body or clothing. The result is an instant loss, IN MOST people, of an attackers neuromuscular control and the ability to perform coordinated actions. A Taser shock uses 5 seconds of 50,000 volts at 26 watts in a cycling pattern to ensure that the nervous system of a target does not recover instantly or allow for them to remove the probes. By the time Taser Probes hit an attacker the probes hold about 1,800 Volts at 18 watts.
The Taser device does not depend upon impact, pain, or body penetration to achieve it's affect. It's pulsating electrical output interferes with communication between the brain and muscular system resulting in, for most people, a loss of control. It is non-destructive to nerves but CAN cause pulled muscles.
Pacemakers: A modern pacemaker is designed to withstand the effect of an electrical defibrillator which is hundreds of times stronger than the Taser's output. The Taser's device output is 0.3 joules and the 10-15 Joule threshold is the Pacemaker's Threshold.
Tasers will not Cause electrocution, A person may stand in a tub of water and be hit with a taser and the electrical output will not shock someone. It also will not transfer from person to person if they touch.
In most people, the Taser causes full muscle contractions and spams. However, some criminals who have been repeatedly hit with Tasers, may clench their muscles, like a full body Hulk Clench, contracting them, and thus staying upright or managing minimal movement. They will however, not be able to do much without the Taser effecting them. Speaking is possible in short fragments and people who do so have been known to grab the wires and pull them out. However, they usually feel dazed for several minutes if they do so. Not everyone drops to the ground screaming in pain. Seasoned criminals may know to yank the wires out, or have friends yank the wires out as the wires are enclosed and will not shock someone who touches them.
WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING TASED
Being Tased is like full body lockup. Every muscle clenches, including ones you don't know you have. The more muscle you have, the worse the clench up. It is very painful to be Tased. It is also very painful to Hulk Out. Hulking Out is like a full body female orgasm without any pleasure. Many people make strange noises, scream, or burst into tears.
Note: Being Tased May Affect Bladder Control - Do not be tased with a full bladder. You will piss yourself.
DANGERS OF BEING TASED
Blood Pressure Elevation
It has been noted by medical testing that being Tased more than three times in a 10 minute period is considered highly dangerous and may cause a heart condition or cardiac arrest.
I hope you Learned something about Tasers!
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