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Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on April 25, 2006

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on April 25, 2006

The educational retreat is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Kingsley Community Center, 6435 Franktown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; In response to the Board’s concerns regarding the continued efficacy of TASER, Ms. Pittinger reported that she is researching the increase of nationally reported deaths occurring in temporal proximity to TASER exposure. TASER was deployed by the PBP in late 2004 and it was used only 5 times in 2004. Review of the first year of TASER deployment (2005) by the PBP revealed an effective deployment in terms of significantly fewer injuries to officers and subjects involved in use of force encounters. In contrast, there has been a 75% decrease in the use of OC Spray. It is Pittinger’s impression that, in Pittsburgh, TASER has not been deployed with enough frequency to have reached the threshold of expectation for a serious adverse event.

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