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Try your hand at a sampling of the questions used by the Taser Training Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the TASER® X3 Electronic Control Device User Certification Test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     In deploying an ECD, the law enforcement officer should

    • A. 

      Use the least number of ECD discharges to accomplish lawful objectives

    • B. 

      Keep pulling the trigger until the subject submits

    • C. 

      Hold the trigger back (continuous ECD discharge) as long as it takes until the person submits to the officer’s commands

    • D. 

      Use the ECD as a torture device to gain the subject’s complete compliance

    Correct Answer
    A. Use the least number of ECD discharges to accomplish lawful objectives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to use the least number of ECD discharges to accomplish lawful objectives. This means that the law enforcement officer should only use the ECD when necessary and should aim to resolve the situation with the fewest number of discharges possible. This approach prioritizes the safety and well-being of both the officer and the subject, while still allowing the officer to achieve their lawful objectives. It is important to minimize the use of force and only use the ECD as a last resort, in order to avoid unnecessary harm or injury.

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  • 2. 

    Officers using an ECD are expected to know, understand, and adhere to:

    • A. 

      The current law in the officer’s jurisdiction

    • B. 

      The officer’s department policies on use of force and ECDs

    • C. 

      TASER’s current training program

    • D. 

      TASER’s current ECD warnings, instructions, and information

    • E. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    Officers using an ECD are expected to know, understand, and adhere to the current law in their jurisdiction, the department policies on use of force and ECDs, TASER's current training program, and TASER's current ECD warnings, instructions, and information. This means that officers must be familiar with the laws that govern the use of ECDs in their area, follow their department's guidelines on when and how to use force and ECDs, complete any required training provided by TASER, and stay updated on any new warnings, instructions, or information provided by TASER regarding the use of their ECDs.

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  • 3. 

    When deploying an ECD, sensitive ECD target areas of the body to be avoided when practicable include:

    • A. 

      Head

    • B. 

      Throat

    • C. 

      Chest/breast

    • D. 

      Known pre-existing injury areas

    • E. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    When deploying an ECD (Electronic Control Device), it is important to avoid targeting sensitive areas of the body whenever possible. This includes the head, throat, chest/breast, and known pre-existing injury areas. Targeting these areas can cause severe harm or exacerbate existing injuries. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid these areas when using an ECD for the safety and well-being of the individual being targeted.

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  • 4. 

    The preferred target areas for ECD deployment are:

    • A. 

      Lower center mass (below chest) and legs for front shots

    • B. 

      Below the neck area for back shots

    • C. 

      Anywhere on the subject’s body

    • D. 

      A and b

    Correct Answer
    D. A and b
    Explanation
    The preferred target areas for ECD deployment are the lower center mass (below chest) and legs for front shots, as well as below the neck area for back shots. These areas are targeted because they provide a higher chance of incapacitating the subject and minimizing the risk of serious injury or fatality. By targeting the lower center mass and legs, the ECD can disrupt the subject's balance and mobility, making it easier for law enforcement to gain control of the situation. Targeting below the neck area for back shots helps to prevent potential harm to the subject's head and neck.

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  • 5. 

    An ECD application on a subject can cause physiologic or metabolic effects, including, but not limited to, changes in:

    • A. 

      Acidosis

    • B. 

      Heart rate and rhythm

    • C. 

      PH

    • D. 

      Respiration

    • E. 

      Stress hormones or other biochemical neuromodulators (e.g., catecholamines).

    • F. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    F. All of the above
    Explanation
    An ECD application on a subject refers to the use of an Electronic Control Device, such as a Taser, on an individual. This can lead to various physiological or metabolic effects on the person. Acidosis refers to an increase in acidity levels in the body, which can occur as a result of the stress and physical exertion caused by the application. Heart rate and rhythm can be affected due to the electrical stimulation of the device. pH levels in the body can also be altered as a result of acidosis. Respiration may be impacted due to the stress and physical exertion caused by the application. Lastly, stress hormones or other biochemical neuromodulators, such as catecholamines, can be released in response to the application. Therefore, all of the mentioned effects can occur as a result of an ECD application.

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  • 6. 

    The risk (or probability) of an ECD causing or contributing to a subject’s cardiac arrest is:

    • A. 

      Zero

    • B. 

      Very high

    • C. 

      High

    • D. 

      Higher than the risk of death or serious injury from a firearm

    • E. 

      Very low

    Correct Answer
    E. Very low
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Very low." This means that the risk or probability of an ECD causing or contributing to a subject's cardiac arrest is minimal. ECDs, also known as Tasers, are designed to temporarily incapacitate individuals, but they are generally considered to be relatively safe and have a low risk of causing cardiac arrest. While there have been rare cases of cardiac arrest occurring after ECD use, the overall risk is considered to be very low.

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  • 7. 

    As with any use of force tool or technique used by an officer:

    • A. 

      Any use of force has a risk of death or serious body harm

    • B. 

      The lower the number of force applications to accomplish lawful objectives the better

    • C. 

      Nothing works 100 percent of the time and contingencies should be considered.

    • D. 

      The use of force must be in compliance with appropriate legal and policy standards and requirements

    • E. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because all of the statements mentioned are true and important considerations when it comes to the use of force by an officer. Any use of force carries the risk of death or serious harm, so it should be used judiciously. Minimizing the number of force applications is desirable to achieve lawful objectives. It is also important to recognize that no technique or tool works perfectly all the time, so contingencies should be taken into account. Finally, the use of force must always be in compliance with legal and policy standards.

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  • 8. 

     Electricity generally follows:

    • A. 

      The path of most resistance

    • B. 

      From top to bottom following gravity

    • C. 

      The path of least resistance between the probes

    • D. 

      Or flows to any metal in contact

    Correct Answer
    C. The path of least resistance between the probes
    Explanation
    Electricity generally follows the path of least resistance between the probes because it always seeks the easiest route to flow. Resistance is a measure of how difficult it is for electricity to flow through a material. Therefore, electricity will naturally choose the path with the least resistance, as it requires less energy to travel through. This principle is commonly used in electrical circuits to ensure that the desired path is followed and to prevent damage or malfunction.

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  • 9. 

    The human nervous system has three main components that work together as a system.  Which of the three components is affected by stun systems?

    • A. 

      Central nervous system

    • B. 

      Motor nervous system

    • C. 

      Sensory nervous system

    • D. 

      Century nervous system

    Correct Answer
    C. Sensory nervous system
    Explanation
    Stun systems affect the sensory nervous system. The sensory nervous system is responsible for receiving and transmitting sensory information from the body to the brain. Stun systems, such as stun guns or tasers, deliver an electric shock that disrupts the normal functioning of the nerves, temporarily impairing the ability to feel pain or perceive sensory information. This can incapacitate an individual by overwhelming their sensory nerves and causing temporary paralysis or disorientation.

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  • 10. 

    Which part of the human nervous system functions as the Command Center?

    • A. 

      Nerve Expressway

    • B. 

      Motor nervous system

    • C. 

      Sensory nervous system

    • D. 

      Brain and Spinal cord (central nervous system)

    Correct Answer
    D. Brain and Spinal cord (central nervous system)
    Explanation
    The brain and spinal cord, also known as the central nervous system, function as the command center of the human nervous system. They receive and process information from the sensory nervous system and send out signals to the motor nervous system, allowing for the coordination and control of bodily functions. The brain and spinal cord play a crucial role in regulating and integrating the body's responses to internal and external stimuli, making them the central control center of the nervous system.

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  • 11. 

     When a violent subject is incapacitated by the effects of the TASER ECD and it is reasonably safe to do so, cover officer(s) should attempt to control/cuff the subject under power.  Doing so may;

    • A. 

      Reduce the need for additional cycles

    • B. 

      Reduce the likelihood the subject will roll during the cycle

    • C. 

      Reduce the potential of injury to the officer(s) while the subject is incapacitated only during the cycle

    • D. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When a violent subject is incapacitated by the effects of the TASER ECD and it is reasonably safe to do so, cover officer(s) should attempt to control/cuff the subject under power. Doing so may reduce the need for additional cycles, reduce the likelihood the subject will roll during the cycle, and reduce the potential of injury to the officer(s) while the subject is incapacitated only during the cycle.

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  • 12. 

    When deploying probes to the front of the body, the TASER ECD should generally be aimed:

    • A. 

      At the face

    • B. 

      So as to split the hemispheres (the beltline)

    • C. 

      At the throat

    • D. 

      At the head

    Correct Answer
    B. So as to split the hemispheres (the beltline)
    Explanation
    When deploying probes to the front of the body, the TASER ECD should generally be aimed so as to split the hemispheres (the beltline). This means that the probes should be aimed at the area around the waist or the midsection of the body. This is because aiming at this area can help to create a spread between the two probes, which increases the effectiveness of the TASER ECD in incapacitating the target. Aiming at the face, throat, or head may not achieve the desired spread and may not effectively immobilize the target.

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  • 13. 

    Targeting the back is usually preferable because:

    • A. 

      The back of the body has larger muscles

    • B. 

      Reduced risk of hitting a sensitive body part

    • C. 

      Surprise factor

    • D. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Targeting the back is usually preferable because the back of the body has larger muscles, which means that hitting this area can potentially cause more damage. Additionally, there is a reduced risk of hitting a sensitive body part, such as vital organs or major blood vessels, which can be found in other areas of the body. Finally, targeting the back can also have a surprise factor, as the opponent may not expect an attack from behind, giving the attacker an advantage. Therefore, all of the above reasons make targeting the back a preferable option.

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  • 14. 

    Examples of subjects who are at an elevated risk from an ECD exposure include:

    • A. 

      Running subjects

    • B. 

      Subjects in elevated positions

    • C. 

      Subjects in a flammable environment

    • D. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Subjects who are at an elevated risk from an ECD exposure include running subjects, subjects in elevated positions, and subjects in a flammable environment. This means that individuals who are running are more vulnerable to ECD exposure, as well as those who are in elevated positions, such as on ladders or rooftops. Additionally, subjects in a flammable environment are also at a heightened risk due to the potential for ignition or explosion. Therefore, all of the listed options pose an increased risk for ECD exposure.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is a warning sign that a subject might be at risk for an arrest related death:

    • A. 

      Bizarre or violent behavior

    • B. 

      Disrobing

    • C. 

      Unusual strength and/or endurance

    • D. 

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The presence of bizarre or violent behavior, disrobing, and unusual strength and/or endurance can indicate that a subject might be at risk for an arrest related death. These signs suggest that the individual is exhibiting abnormal and potentially dangerous behavior, which could escalate the situation and increase the likelihood of a fatal outcome during an arrest. Therefore, all of the mentioned signs should be considered as warning signs for a potential arrest related death.

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