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January 3, 2017

Taser tag

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Also on the City Council’s agenda with the gun sales is the consideration to purchase tasers for the Alameda Police Department.  From the staff report:

The request by the police department to purchase Taser CEDs is being made to supplement, not replace, its current alternatives to using deadly force. Since 2011, APD has been sending its officers and dispatchers to state of the art Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) training. This training is offered through Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, and contains eighteen training modules designed to improve officer response to persons in crisis. As of November 1, 2016, approximately two-thirds of the department have received the training, and we are committed to sending every sworn officer, command officer, and dispatcher to the training.

The cost?

The Police Department will use Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant funds to purchase the initial equipment of 60 CEDs and use funds from the Police Department General Fund operating budget to cover the accompanying annual Taser Assurance Plan (TAP) for the first year, resulting in a payment of $87,527.20, which includes tax and shipping.  Existing appropriations within the General Fund and COPS Special Revenue Fund are sufficient to cover the equipment purchase and the first year maintenance.  Years two through five will consist of equal TAP payments of $12,957.35 (Exhibit E).  These remaining TAP payments will be included in subsequent Police Department’s operating budgets.   Therefore, the total for the five-year contract for 60 CED’s and five years of TAP will be $139,508.60.

Clearly not inexpensive, but it’s a positive thing that the Police Department has been proactive in trainings for de-escalation and crisis training as well as supplementing the training with physical tools that will provide an alternative to deadly force.

While the taser purchase is a good step, I think the information about the CIT training is much more interesting and a testament to the proactive measures of the Alameda Police Department. I found this video which gives a good overview about the program:



  1. i do like this kind of policing. I hope the tasers aren’t a step backward.

    Comment by Jack Mingo — January 3, 2017 @ 7:13 am

  2. I am far happier that the APD is committed to “sending every sworn officer, command officer, and dispatcher to the (de-escalation) training” than I am about the purchase of Tasers, but the training in “state of the art Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) training” will keep both Tasers and firearms from being used. And that is a wonderful end result (of the training) that is well worth my tax dollars…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — January 3, 2017 @ 9:27 am

  3. Here’s another version that includes Alameda PD that Chief Paul Rolleri sent to me this morning. It references the fact that Alameda PD is sending all staff through the CIT program:

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 3, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

  4. I haven’t watched the videos yet, but hopefully the still frame that shows in the youtube in the original post is not indicative of how engaging and effective the training is.

    Comment by BMac — January 3, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

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