2011 Electronic Control Weapon Guidelines
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), 2011
The 2011 Electronic Control Weapon Guidelines is based on information gathered from workshops, interviews, and a national survey that examined the use of Electronic Control Weapons (ECW). In August 2010, an executive session comprising police, medical, and legal professionals convened in Philadelphia to focus on ECW policy and practice. Afterward, a concentrated working group spent a second day reviewing and modifying the original 2005 guidelines. As a result, this 2011 revised version represents the collective knowledge, experience, and expertise of participants who shared their ideas and concerns throughout this process. This publication is intended to guide agencies as they consider how ECWs can be used in use-of-force scenarios, balancing responsibility and accountability as well as recognizing that ECWs are appropriate weapons when officers must resort to use of force.