May 26, 2015

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CED Targeting Guidelines

Gordon Graham
Category: Law Enforcement

Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. And Today’s Tip deals with Conducted Energy Devices or CEDs.

Now consider the CED. How many times have you drawn, aimed and fired the CED?

Probably the best know brand name for the CED is TASER. Today we’re going to talk about targeting guidelines and training.

You may remember a few years back the targeting guidelines were modified for deployment to the front of the body. This modification involved moving the target zone away from the traditional upper chest area or ‘center mass’ to ‘low-center mass’ referring to the area of the body below the chest. There are training considerations that must be taken into account in preparation for properly responding in situations where shots to a suspect’s front with a CED, while under stress, may be necessary.

For starters, we all know that when the fight-or-flight response kicks into high gear in the heat of a stressful encounter, our mental and physical abilities to respond effectively may be negatively impacted. As always, when this happens you’ll fall back to your training and preparationIf you haven’t trained for it, it’s possible that you may respond in the same manner with your CED as you have trained to respond with another tool on your belt that is has a similar size and shape as the CED: your sidearm. This is where it gets tricky.

Consider how many times over the years you have practiced drawing, aiming and discharging your firearm while simultaneously developing that muscle memory to aim at center mass (including the chest). Thousands? Tens of thousands? You’ve undoubtedly done it so many times that it has become second nature. Now consider the CED. How many times have you drawn, aimed and fired the CED? I’m betting number is nowhere close to the number of times you’ve done so with your gun. And aiming? Will you be able to overcome that ingrained point of aim that you’ve worked so diligently to cultivate with your firearm to intentionally aim lower when deploying your CED?

There is much more to using your CED than simply pointing and shooting. Train with it. Practice, practice, practice.

And that is Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham signing off. 

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