The month of August:
saw 5 jolts applied to one person by three officers, case 05-6169 (A mentally ill man setting off smoke detectors).
The month of September saw 6 jolts delivered by 7 officers in 6 cases (Someone missed...).
The month of October saw 13 jolts delivered by 9 officers in 9 separate cases.
The month of November saw NO reported use of the TASER...
TOTALS: 24 jolts, 19 officers, 17 cases (people). Only two officers used a TASER more than once in this period: Gassett and Jordan.
Most of the reported uses (all but one) were shot-TASE applications, where the nitrogen cartridge is used to propel two barbed darts into the victim. One was used in contact mode during a restraint chair transfer in the Jail.
The greatest change since February 2005 so far has been a dramatic reduction in overall use of the weapon by OPD. The second greatest change has been the non-contact nature of most reported uses of the TASERs.
No official change in TASER policy has been acknowleged by the Olympia Police Department.
An audit (by Olympia Copwatch) into the downloaded logs of the TASERs is underway to discover unreported uses of force by the OPD.