Tasers were introduced as non-lethal weapons for use by police to subdue fleeing, belligerent, or potentially dangerous people, who would have otherwise been subjected to more lethal weapons such as a firearm.
It fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductors, to deliver an electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing “neuromuscular incapacitation”.
Someone struck by a Taser experiences stimulation of his or her sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions.
A 2009 Police Executive Research Forum study said that officer injuries drop by 76% when a Taser is used. However, while Taser CEO Rick Smith has stated that police surveys show that the device has saved 75,000 lives, there has been some controversy where Tasers have been implicated in instances of serious injury or death. Today more than effort as more and more officers are equipped with these devices training has become paramount.
The Taser VTS has been designed with the knowledge of experienced police officers in order to enable training teams to deliver appropriate instruction on the use of this new technology.
Using the VIPER Taser training simulator enables training to be conducted in a safe classroom environment without the need for firing live cartridges – therefore saving a great deal of time and money.