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CONTACT: Steve Tuttle
Vice President of Communications
TASER International, Inc.
Media ONLY Hotline: (480) 444-4000

Major City Chiefs Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association,
National Sheriffs’ Association and the FBI National Institute
Associates Pass Resolution Supporting Use of Electronic Control
America’s leading law enforcement executive management associations recognize that
electronic control devices have repeatedly saved the lives of officers
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 19, 2005 -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market
leader in advanced non-lethal weapons announced the passage of a resolution by America’s
leading law enforcement executive management associations regarding the utilization of
electronic control devices including TASER™ brand devices and other less lethal technologies.
“The proclamation’s support stems from the fact that electronic control devices have been one of
the most important tools developed for officer and suspect safety,” stated Mac Connole, Draper
City Police Chief and Executive Director for the FBI National Institute Associates. “Electronic
control devices, such as TASER technology, provide officers with a safer use of force alternative
to stop dangerous subjects as well as the emotionally disturbed without using a more extreme or
deadly force to calm the situation,” concluded Chief Connole.
“There have been no fatalities or deputy involved injuries since the deployment of TASER
devices at my agency two years ago,” said Sheriff Aaron Kennard of Salt Lake County Sheriff’s
Office and past president of both the Utah and National Sheriffs’ Association. “This is a serious
measuring stick of the vital impact this technology has had with the law enforcement
community and should not be taken lightly.”
The following resolution was passed:
Resolution for the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs’
Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the FBI National Institute Associates
regarding the utilization of electronic control devices and other less lethal technologies.
Whereas, the members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County
Sheriffs’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the FBI National Institute
Associates are deeply interested in and supportive of the on-going quest for technologies
that will contribute to officer safety and the protection of human life; and

Whereas, experience has shown that the application of the electronic control device
technology by trained law enforcement officers has repeatedly saved the lives of officers
and negated the need for them to employ deadly force against their assailants; and
Whereas, in many cases the violent offenders who assault such officers are under the
influence of either alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both which tends to impede their
ability to make rational decisions; and
Whereas, there are many documented cases of the lives of both officers and perpetrators
being saved by the timely application of electronic control devises or other less lethal
technology, now, therefore, the members of the above-listed organizations do resolve as
The continuing development, improvement and evaluation of less lethal
technologies must be strongly supported and funded by the federal government.
Objective and impartial research and study by reputable health professionals or
academicians should be conducted to determine the actual cause of death in those cases
which have been attributed to the utilization of less lethal technologies including the
application of electronic control devices.
The utilization of the electronic control devices should be placed on the scale of
force at active resistance level. There are literally hundreds of documented cases where
the utilization of electronic control devices against violently resisting suspects has
prevented injuries both to the suspects themselves as well as to officers and innocent
bystanders or victims.
Finally, it is important that law enforcement as a profession and as an industry,
work through its various member agencies to educate the general public on the
importance and value of the electronic control devices and other less lethal technologies
through demonstrations and in public presentations as well as through the many civilian
academies and ride-along programs that are carried by the many thousands of police
agencies in the United States.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the
National Sheriffs’ Association and the FBI National Institute Associates strongly endorse
the above-listed strategies and pledge to support them whenever the opportunity presents
Signed by:
Major Cities Chief Association
Major County Sheriffs’ Association
National Sheriffs’ Association
FBI National Institute Associates

Contact person:
Chief Harold Hurtt, President - 713-308-1626
Sheriff James Karnes, President - 614-462-3360
Sheriff Aaron Kennard, President - 801-468-3900
Chief Mac Connole, Exec. Director - 801-576-6525

About the Major Cities Chiefs Association
Fifty-seven major law enforcement organizations in the United States and Canada comprise the
membership of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association. The Association was formed in the late
1960's by a few chiefs of police who wished to have a forum to discuss organizational issues
only relevant to large police organizations. The MCC has gradually expanded its membership to
include suburban police departments, large metropolitan sheriff's departments, and the larger
departments in Canada. The MCC meets three times each year for discussion of issues facing
law enforcement. Current membership is limited to those chief executive officers of departments
located within a metropolitan area of more than 1.5 million population and departments which
employ more than 1,000 law enforcement officers. A few of the original MCC members no
longer meet these criteria as a result of population shifts. However, these departments’
memberships have been grandfathered.
About the Major County Sheriffs’ Association
The Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA) is a professional law enforcement association
of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more who
are dedicated to preserve the highest integrity in law enforcement and the elected office of the
sheriff. MCSA works to promote a greater understanding of law enforcement strategies to
address futures problems and identify law enforcement challenges facing the members of our
organization. MCSA is committed to advancing legislative issues that will enhance the safety of
our communities. MCSA also seeks to promote the development of innovative education,
prevention and enforcement strategies and programs.
About National Sheriffs' Association
The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) was chartered in 1940 and is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the
field of criminal justice and public safety so that they may perform their jobs in the best possible
manner, in service to the people of their communities. In support of that mission, NSA provides
to sheriffs and other criminal justice practitioners resources, technical assistance, opportunities
for professional development, information and congressional advocacy. At its annual
conferences, NSA also provides valuable opportunities for networking and interacting with
fellow criminal justice professionals. For more information visit:
About National Executive Institute Associates
The National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) is a private, non-profit, public service
foundation. Its membership consists of over 400 graduates of the FBI's National Executive
Institute. The NEI is a three-week executive training program offered by the FBI to the chief
executive officers of the largest law enforcement organizations in the United States, Canada,
United Kingdom, and Australia. The primary purpose of the Associates is to assist in the
continuing education and training of these executives. This is accomplished by an annual training
conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, an annual research project, and the publication of various
articles in the area of law enforcement. The NEIA Leadership Bulletin is published on this

website on a regular basis. The articles may be downloaded and further disseminated without
acquiring permission. For more information visit:
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International provides advanced non-lethal devices for use in the law enforcement,
military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER devices use proprietary
technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law
enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as
a safer alternative to other uses of force. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use
of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects. For more
information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 9782737 or visit our website at
For further information contact Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications. Visit the
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