Due to recent events regarding the use of Taser Model M26 in the City of Fayetteville and other jurisdictions relating to Taser use, Chief Tom Bergamine has ordered all department issued Taser models to be turned into the Fayetteville Police Department Training Facility immediately to ensure the equipment is working properly. In addition we will conduct a comprehensive review of Policy and Procedures in regards to Taser use. The Fayetteville Police Department believes that it is imperative that we immediately verify that all of our Tasers are in proper working order to protect both the citizens and officers.
By design the Taser is a non lethal use of force; a compliance technique which is utilized in the event that a situation escalates beyond the effective use of verbal diffusion techniques. Officers are authorized to employ department approved compliance techniques and/or defensive weapons, in accordance with Fayetteville Police Department approved policies and procedures.