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PMO conducts Taser training

By Cpl. Raquel Barraza | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | July 21, 2014

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Lance Cpl. Aaron Vega, center, a military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., gets stunned during annual Taser training, July 18. The Taser causes neuromuscular incapacitation that contracts the muscles, causing them to lock up making the individual unable to move.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Vega, center, a military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., gets stunned during annual Taser training, July 18. The Taser causes neuromuscular incapacitation that contracts the muscles, causing them to lock up making the individual unable to move. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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A military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., pulls a prong from a target during annual Taser training, July 18. Police officers learned the target areas at which to aim when using a Taser.

A military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., pulls a prong from a target during annual Taser training, July 18. Police officers learned the target areas at which to aim when using a Taser. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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Cpl. Vettel Arnold, military police officer with the special reaction team aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., practices aiming a Taser X26 during annual Taser training aboard the air station, July 18. This training provides a nonlethal alternative to controlling a situation.

Cpl. Vettel Arnold, military police officer with the special reaction team aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., practices aiming a Taser X26 during annual Taser training aboard the air station, July 18. This training provides a nonlethal alternative to controlling a situation. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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Military and civilian police officers with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., receive a class on how to aim a Taser X26 in the kneeling position during annual Taser training aboard the air station, July 18. The training also included learning the target areas at which to aim and learned the physical effects of the Taser.

Military and civilian police officers with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., receive a class on how to aim a Taser X26 in the kneeling position during annual Taser training aboard the air station, July 18. The training also included learning the target areas at which to aim and learned the physical effects of the Taser. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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A military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., practices loading a Taser X26 during annual Taser training, July 18. The training also included learning the target areas at which to aim and the physical effects of the Taser.

A military police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., practices loading a Taser X26 during annual Taser training, July 18. The training also included learning the target areas at which to aim and the physical effects of the Taser. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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Cpl. Vettel Arnold III, a military police officer with the special reaction team aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., practices aiming a Taser X26 during annual Taser training, July 18.  Police officers learned the basics of the Taser, including how to handle, inspect and reload the weapon.

Cpl. Vettel Arnold III, a military police officer with the special reaction team aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., practices aiming a Taser X26 during annual Taser training, July 18. Police officers learned the basics of the Taser, including how to handle, inspect and reload the weapon. (Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza )


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --

Marines and civilian police officers with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., conducted annual Taser training, July 18.

Police officers learned the basics of the Taser X26, including how to handle, inspect and reload to stay proficient with the weapon.

The training provides a nonlethal alternative for controlling a noncompliant situation, explained Kevin Guffy, a law enforcement instructor with PMO.  

Police officers learned target areas and the effects of the Taser firsthand. All the participants must be stunned by the Taser on their back for 3 seconds to complete the training. The Taser causes neuromuscular incapacitation that contracts the muscles, causing an individual to lock up and make them unable to move. For safety, the person being stunned had spotters to keep them from falling to the ground.

“Once you get tased, you can’t really focus on anything but the pain; you’re at the mercy of the Taser,” said Cpl. Vettel Arnold III, military police officer with the MCAS Miramar special reaction team and a Sacramento, Calif., native.  

With different echelons of force to use, police officers must know the best way to handle the situation. 
 
“[Oleoresin capsicum spray] is one of the other things you can use, but the issue with that is [that] you can contaminate yourself or others around you,” said Arnold. “So, it’s better to use the Taser.”

Police officers with PMO aboard the air station plan to continue conducting the training and ensuring they are ready to use the weapon if a situation arises.

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