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Are CEDs Safe and Effective?

Joseph Cecconi, General Engineer, Operational Technologies Division, Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C.; John C. Hunsaker III, Associate Chief Medical Examiner, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Frankfort; Scott Hammack, Counsel at O'Melveny and Myers LLP, Washington, D.C.; Eugene A. Paoline III, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, University of Central Florida, Orlando; William Terrill, Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have adopted conducted energy devices (CEDs) as a safe method to subdue individuals, but are these devices really safe? What policies should agencies adopt to ensure the proper use of this technology? This NIJ Conference Panel discusses the physiological effects of electrical current in the human body caused by CEDs, as well as how this technology can reduce injuries to officers and suspects when appropriate policies and training are followed.

Date Published: June 1, 2010