New Tasers For CMPD
Officer Kobee Moore demonstrated the new X2 Taser gun model today. Photo: Tanner Latham The CMPD distributed a new line of Taser guns to its officers today. Part of the upgrade to the new model includes a built-in safety mechanism. Officer Kobee Moore takes his stance about six feet from a cardboard target as he fires his Taser gun. Two live probes attached to thin wires shoot directly into the target. He is demonstrating the new X2 model, one of 1,600 the CMPD bought for $1.8 million. They replace the X26 model that was suspended last summer when a suspect died after being tased. That high-pitched beep you heard is part of the safety mechanism, one of the differences in the new model. The volts automatically shut off at five seconds, even if the trigger is still being pulled. The beep goes off four seconds into the tase. Officer Andy Wrenn, says that five seconds of voltage is the standard that law enforcement agencies have become comfortable with using. "The five seconds, they have found out, is what really takes the fight out of people," he says. "It's enough time to get the person on the ground and to get the officer in the position where they can start giving loud verbal commands trying to get the suspect to comply with what's going on." The X26 models did not have the five second kill switch. They also didn't have two sets of probes, which allow an officer to fire the gun twice. The new models can also give a visual warning to a suspect. Remember that popping noise? The X2 has a new feature that allows an officer to show the electric current, called the arc, to a suspect as a warning. Photo: Tanner Latham That is called the arc, a lavender-colored volt of electricity you can see at the end of the gun. An officer can show the arc to warn the suspect, like an animal baring its teeth, before discharging the gun. Officers are instructed to wear the gun on the opposite side of their belt from their firearm, so that there is no discrepancy between the two.