CPRB Briefings

Update to TASER Briefing issued Spring 2004

February 9th, 2005

In the Spring of 2004 the CPRB issued a briefing on TASER use and supported TASER’s implementation as a less lethal force alternative by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP). The PBP acquired 150 TASER (M26) units and began to deploy them late in 2004. Policies & procedures related to the Use of Force and specifically, governing the use of TASER, were issued by the PBP early in January 2005. During the period between June 1999 December and 2004, at least 84 deaths in which TASER was involved have been reported in the United States and Canada. These deaths have raised serious questions about the safety of TASER and the contributory role TASER may have had in those deaths.

Briefing on TASER Deployment

April 2nd, 2004

The briefing was compiled from a review of various articles, research papers, manufacturer documentation, human rights papers and medical reviews. Less lethal technologies seek to provide alternative tools to police, not replace traditional defensive weapons or eliminate police use of lethal weapons and tactics. They are designed to debilitate or incapacitate human or animal life forms with minimal or no collateral damage. These tools are designed to give a tactical advantage to police.

Response to Mental Health Crises and Citizens with Disabilities

April 1st, 2004

Suggestions to the Pittsburgh Police regarding response to people with mental illness, emotional disturbance and individuals with other incapacitating disabilities.

Form and content of recommendations to the Chief and Mayor

March 9th, 2000

The focus of the hearing is the form and content of CPRB recommendations to the Chief and Mayor upon a finding of misconduct following a public hearing.