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Less-Lethal Weapon Technology Review and Operational Needs Assessment

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $202,000)

This is a proposal to review less-lethal technology developments, conduct an operational needs assessment, and perform related topical research for less-lethal weapons.
Task 1
The first part of this effort will review EMD use. Using existing LASD data, INLDT will perform an independent evaluation of this data to verify claims for example and not limited to:
+ Reduction in the number of deaths [deaths prevented]
+ Effectiveness of device
+ Reduced injuries to officers, suspects and bystanders
A final report will be submitted as a deliverable detailing the effort. The report shall be focused toward police and not contain any information that is restricted.
Task 2
This effort will bring together a select group of expert practitioners to develop and discuss operational scenarios for less-lethal devices. This session will be conducted in the US for primarily US law enforcement operational needs.

Funding will be used to support requirements, specifications, testing and demonstrations of LL products to include reaching out to and interfacing with foreign LECs. This will include meetings among US LECs and foreign LECs to exchange new methods of policing, specifications used, requirements used and new equipment.


The is a continuation of the development of requirements and standards for less lethal weapons and associated technologies through the International Law Enforcement Forum (ILEF). The first part of this effort will be to develop a framework for the development of less lethal technologies for law enforcement. The framework will leverage existing processes used by a variety of US law enforcement agencies, US DoD, the UK Ministry of Defense, the UK Home Office, and a variety of international law enforcement agencies. The second part of the effort will bring together a select group of expert practitioners to develop and discuss less-lethal issues. This part of the effort will provide for the planning and coordination of the ILEF VI workshop. The forum provides the opportunity for professional discussion by practitioners on the development of new concepts, operational analysis and operational requirements in the area of minimal force options and less-lethal technologies. It provides and fosters subject matter expertise in operations, policy, technical evaluation, testing, training, human/medical effects, and legal implications.

Date Created: September 20, 2004