Less Lethal Technologies for Law Enforcement

On August 26th, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) presented a webinar titled “Less Lethal Technologies for Law Enforcement.” This webinar was presented by Mr. Charles Stephenson, SPI Subject Matter Expert. This webinar described devices/weapons classified as less-than-lethal used by law enforcement departments. Mr. Stephenson provided a brief introduction to less lethal technologies along with notes on the effectiveness of several devices in use today. He addressed the issue of training, policy and what is considered legal use of force in the US to include a short explanation of rights under the 4th Amendment. He also provided an overview of the various technologies including existing, newly developed and future devices. The goal of this webinar was to provide a basic understanding of less lethal technologies and to enhance the knowledge of those who use such devices in the performance of their duties.