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To tase or not to tase? a training YPD officers get every year

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YAKIMA, Wash- It seems that whenever there's a case of an officer using force, especially deadly force someone asks why they didn't use a taser instead.  YPD actually gets a lot of direction when it comes to taser use.  New officers get eight hours of training and everyone must get re-certified once a year.

The sessions go over everything from the voltage involved to the scenarios where tasers would be considered too much force.  Detective Erik Hampton says all things considered, nothing works better than a taser when it's working.

"And so if you miss them or only hit them with one probe it doesn't work at all.  We train our officers if there's a gun fight or someone with a knife a taser is not the first thing to do", said detective Erik Hampton of the Yakima Police Department.

    A big part of the recertification is going over changes in procedures or laws.  Detective Hampton says the biggest change from last year  is the directive to aim for the back, a large muscle group that minimizes the chance of serious injury.

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