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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PERF CED Guidelines Executive Meeting

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS), is convening an executive-level meeting on August 3, 2010 to review and consider revisions to PERF’s 2005 Conducted Energy Device (CED) guidelines. While PERF’s 2005 CED guidelines are generally considered strong, we believe it is time to revisit the guidelines and update them as necessary to reflect the current CED research, the experience of police departments that have been using CEDs, and recent legal developments.

In recent years, many law enforcement agencies have reported success with increased deployment of CEDS, including a decline in overall injury rates among suspects and officers. Yet at the same time, there has been significant controversy about the safety of such devices. Quite a bit of research has been conducted by medical experts and professionals to attempt to assess the injury risks associated with the use of CEDs. Further developments have come with Taser International’s recent training bulletin changing its recommended area away from the chest and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that a California officer’s use of a CED against a traffic violator was not reasonable when the officer believed the subject to be mentally disturbed but did not pose an immediate threat to the officer or bystanders.

The day-long meeting will be held in Philadelphia on August 3, 2010, for police chiefs and senior-level designees who can accurately represent their agencies’ positions and contribute to this policy-level discussion.

Meeting Details
When: August 3, 2010
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location for Executive Meeting
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-2598
Phone: 215-523-8000

Please complete your meeting registration on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/perfced as soon as possible.

You are responsible for your travel and lodging expenses.

A limited number of rooms are available at the group rate of $153.00. Please contact The Ritz-Carlton directly no later than July 19, 2010 to make your room reservation. You can make your reservation by phone at 215-523-8000 or on-line at https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Philadelphia/Reservations/Default.htm.

You must provide the correct booking code in order to ensure that you receive the group rate. The booking code for this meeting is PRFPRFA. For questions or additional information, you can contact Molly Griswold at PERF at 202-454-8344 or e-mail mgriswold@policeforum.org.

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