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survey-noreply@smo. surveymon key. com on behalf of BerkeleypolicbAssociation@publicsafetyfirst. org via surveymonkey.com Imem ber@surveymon keY. com] Wednesday, March 27 ,2013 7:58 AM Anderson, Maxwell A Message from the Berkeley Police Association

We represent the police officers of the Berkeley Police Association who are hard at work protecting the residents of our community. The thoughts and opinions of the Berkeley community are very important to us. We would be so appreciative if you would please take a moment to answer a short 7-question survey. Here is a link to the survey:
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1. A taser is a weapon that uses two probes that deliver a brief electrical shock, prohibiting its subject from performing any coordinated action for a short period

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time. Have you personally ever seen or come in contact with an electronic taser device?
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2. police officers are frequently coming in contact with violent individuals who refuse to respond to rational requests to obey the law, and who oftentimes are carrying knives, guns or other dangerous weapons. ln your opinion, which is a more preferable and safe method for police officers to ensure compliance of a potentially dangerous individual?
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3. The problem with using batons or physical force is that it often leads to bodily iniury of the suspect and/or the police officer. Additionally, when a police officer is

injured and unable to work, the cost to the Gity of Berkeley to replace the officer can be tens of thousands of dollars. Do any of these issues concern you regarding the use of physical force?
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4. The problem with using firearms is that there is a high probability of a firearm police causing death of a violent suspected criminal, innocent bystander and/or a

officer. How much does this concern you?
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5. Right now, nearly all of the Northern California police departments use tasers as an alternative to physical force or the use of firearms/guns. The Berkeley Police Department is one of only a few agencies that do not have tasers. Please rate in order of importance (1 = most important; 5 = least important) the following benefits

of using tasers to apprehend viotent individuals and suspected criminals.
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that releases serialized confetti to identify which taser was activated. A data trail is automaticaly registered and available anytime a taser is used' Does this make you

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7. Do you believe the Berkeley Police Department should further investigate the use of tasers to deter and control violent individuals?

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