Video: Allen County deputies train for Taser use
It’s not the usual type of hands-on weapon training law enforcement undergo—this time, they were on the receiving end.
At the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and at many agencies nationwide, a law enforcement officer must first be on the receiving end of a Taser before being allowed to carry and use one.
The most recent victim was Deputy Austin Cooke, who just graduated from the academy a few months ago.
“Until you actually experience it, there’s really no explaining it,” Sgt. Danny Wilson said. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before. It’s 50,000 volts going through your body.”
He explains, not only is it mandatory they be tased to understand what it feels like, but also so they know the risks of someone else turning the Taser on them.
“It affects your central nervous system, so basically for that five seconds that that Taser is operating and doing what it’s supposed to do, you get the reality that [you] can’t do anything here. You know, I can’t move. I can’t fight if I needed to fight. I can’t get up,” Wilson said, as he recalled back on his memory of being shot with a Taser.
The department has posted several videos of their deputies being exposed to the Taser on Facebook over the years, and although entertaining and cringe-worthy, they say it helps them connect to the public they serve.
“It’s just a way for the public, the community to see that we’re not just guys running around out here,” Wilson said. “We know what that Taser does now.”
Before being exposed to the Taser, all deputies must take an eight-hour course on the effects associated and how to use it.