Office of Citizen Complaints
SUBJECT: Conduct Department-wide review to determine which members have not received training in the proper use of oleoresin capsicum ("pepper spray") and the proper treatment of individuals exposed to pepper spray.
It is recommended that Department conduct a review to determine which members of the Department have not yet been provided training regarding the proper use of pepper spray and proper treatment of individuals exposed thereto, including transportation and medical treatment.
During the course of this investigation it was determined that there remain members of the Department, including superior officers, who have not been trained in the proper use of pepper spray. Because Department General Order 10.02, Section F.1.o. requires officers to carry Department-issued mace or pepper spray, each member must be provided the necessary training to use it effectively. In addition, superior officers who must supervise their subordinates must be provided training to effectively provide guidance at a scene where pepper spray has been used.
Case Investigated by: MIKE KLOSS, Investigator
BLANCHE BLACHMAN, Senior Investigator
Reviewed by: ROBERT JANISSE, Chief Investigator
Approved by: MARY C. DUNLAP, Director
Date: June 23, 1998
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