Less-Lethal Weapons

Less-lethal technologies give police an alternative to lethal force.

These weapons are especially valuable when lethal force (1) is not necessary, (2) is justified and available for backup, but lesser force may resolve the situation, (3) is justified, but its use could cause serious injury to bystanders or other unacceptable collateral effects.

The weapons currently in use include : chemical agents, batons, soft projectiles, and electrical devices such as stun guns and Tasers.