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NCJ Number: 171205 Find in a Library
Title: Pepper Spray: Training for Safety
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:66  Issue:11  Dated:(November 1997)  Pages:17-23
Author(s): M B Jett
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 7
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Document: HTML
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To reduce the chances of injury or death of suspects related to Oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, officers must become knowledgeable about the spray's contents, its effects, the appropriate context for its use, and the proper care of individuals exposed to OC.
Abstract: For OC spray to affect a subject, it must be dispensed directly into the subject's eyes and nose. If the subject inhales the spray, the lining of the throat can swell, restricting breathing, and the larynx can be paralyzed temporarily. This induces uncontrollable choking, gagging, and gasping for breath, conditions exacerbated by burning and swelling of the mucous membrane, causing intense mucous flow. Before issuing OC spray, departments should establish written policy and procedures that govern its use. It is the department's responsibility to ensure that officers know how and when to use OC spray. One of the most important components of safely using OC spray is caring for individuals who have been affected by it. Particularly important are removing the subject from the contaminated area immediately and keeping the suspect upright and breathing deeply. Officers should help subjects rinse their faces with free-flowing, cool water. At the holding facility, officers should provide soap and cool water for removing the OC resins from the subject's skin. The subject's condition should then be monitored at all times. This article suggests and discusses subjects that should be taught in training officers in the use of OC spray. 3 notes
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Less lethal technologies; Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)/Pepper Spray; Police weapons training
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