Run with your gun Part 3: If you can't take it with you ...

In the last two installments of Run with your gun (April and May) Lindsey Bertomen described how law enforcement officers can reap the benefits of regular exercises. While training itself is important, it is vital that officers stay prepared on the track...

   It is my hope that my series on fitness has encouraged officers to continue to enjoy moderate fitness, along with the other components that make up a well-rounded law enforcement officer.

   I enjoy cycling the most, but I also recognize the need for upper body strength and core fitness. This should preempt any questions about what the best exercise is for law enforcement. Officers should vary their routine in order to maintain total fitness. Don't get me wrong -- right now I cycle 98 percent of the time. When I'm not cycling, training includes core fitness and shooting specific exercises (see the April 2010 issue). Fitness hobbies that include joint manipulation and grappling training are always beneficial, too. I recommend exploring something like jiu-jitsu or an eclectic martial arts style.

   In the previous installment, I stated that officers should not work out without a cell phone, an ID and a gun. Ten years from now this will still be sound advice, even if the officer works out indoors. When TASER International launched the TASER C2, I immediately recognized the potential for this design. My TASER C2 fits in the back pockets of my cycling jersey without bogging it down or choking me, right alongside my cell phone.

   The TASER C2 is the civilian version of the well-known law enforcement device. Its effects and technology are exactly the same -- both fire an incapacitating pulse which interrupts sensory and motor functions of the nervous system. Yet it differs from the law enforcement version in a couple areas: it is legal to carry in most states and it is absolutely perfect for maintaining a margin of vigilance while exercising.

   The TASER C2 does not look like a handgun, or even a law enforcement TASER. Rather, it looks like one of those expensive razors one finds in a gadget store. You know, the kind that cleans and sharpens itself overnight in a pedestal on the bathroom counter while being bathed in a mysterious blue glow. This is one of the reasons TASER C2 is well suited for law enforcement fitness -- it is innocuous looking.

   TASER C2 was designed for civilian use, which precludes levels of force dynamics intended to affect an arrest. For example, some policies allow certain devices to be used to overcome passive resistance or prevent further escalation. The TASER C2 (and similar devices designed for the general public) belongs in the category of self-defense products.

   I have "taken a ride" on an ADVANCED TASER M26 model, which, as everyone knows, is an unforgettable experience. For the uninitiated, this "ride" is the act of experiencing the incapacitating power of a TASER. It is not particularly an exclusive club. TASER International is one of the most transparent companies I know. They gather data at every opportunity and encourage law enforcement officers to experience Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI).

   I have talked to (and watched) dozens of officers who have "taken a ride." Those of us who are familiar with the effectiveness and safety of the products serve as testimony for the efficacy of the TASER line.

   The TASER C2 is an NMI product which fires the trademark probes at 15 feet, rather than the 30 feet of its law enforcement bigger brothers. Its button activator is covered by the trigger safety cover. Sliding the door activates the LED illuminator and the laser-aiming device while arming the unit. Pressing the trigger launches the probes, which are connected to the unit by insulated conductive wires. (TASER provides a DVD, instructional materials, and comprehensive customer support for their clientele. We encourage everyone to read the materials and watch the video.)

   The trigger safety cover is flush with the unit. It slides to the rear with a moderate amount of pressure. I found the unit's textured surface and asymmetrical shape allowed for quick and easy orientation just by feel. The sliding cover has detents which allow the user to know it is positively open or closed.

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