Blogger’s Note: Columnist-slash-cop Steve Sutherland, a
veteran officer with the Bainbridge Island Police Department, is
here to talk about Tasers. Feel free to write more questions for
him. For more past editions, click here.
Officer Sutherland writes: Several writers are
aware that I am a Taser instructor and I know that there is some
controversy about this less-lethal weapon. I hope I can answer some
of your questions with this column.
To be certified as an instructor, I attended a 16-hour class.
Two years ago I attended a 16-hour refresher class. I have been
shot with the Taser once and had the probes attached to my clothing
four other times. And yes, it is very painful, but once the five
second cycle ends, you’re back to normal with no after effects.
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