Charles Balon

Sergeant at Bloomsburg Police Department

Location:
301 E 2nd Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Company:
Bloomsburg Police Department
HQ Phone:
(570) 784-4155

General Information

Affiliations

Police Officer  - Bloomsburg University

International Instructor  - Taser

Web References  

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/50839542/

Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department demonstrates how to operate a stun gun during a Taser instructor certification course held at the Hughestown Fire Department Wednesday.
Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department demonstrates how to operate a stun gun during a Taser instructor certification course held at the Hughestown Fire Department Wednesday. Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department explains where the intended target area should be on a suspect. Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department explains where the intended target area should be on a suspect. Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department, who is a master instructor for Taser. Balon, however, stressed that the class is different than teaching the officers simply how to point and shoot a Taser. That includes the ability to debunk a common myth that Tasers inflict 50,000 volts of electricity onto victims. Balon said that with a complete circuit (both probes ideally placed), about 1,200 volts are inflicted on a suspect which induces neuro-muscular incapacitation. "As an instructor, they need to know how it works," he said. "These officers here, on an instructor level, will have some inside knowledge." Balon provided a reporter the opportunity to shoot a would-be cardboard assailant with an X2 model. When the safety of the weapon was flipped off, two laser sights appeared on the target. Balon explained that the two probes create a complete circuit if shot properly - ideally, one probe goes into the suspect's midsection, and the other somewhere in the leg or near the waistline. A squeeze of the trigger resulted in a loud pop as the two probes flew into the target, the loud clicking sound of electricity filling the room. Balon said the Taser is not the "magic bullet" for police officers, but provides a safer alternative to subduing suspects. "If somebody is acting erratically, our option just 10 years ago, or 15 years ago, was to club them or beat them into submission," he said. "This gives us another option not to do that." A mat was set out for volunteers willing be shot with a Taser, but no officers stepped forward. Trainees were not required to be "Tased" during training, but could volunteer. "When it was brand new, everybody was getting exposed," Balon said. "I don't think you can compare it to anything that you've ever felt before," Balon said.

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Sarah DeSantis/Staff Photos Sergeant Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department demonstrates firing a Taser X2 at a cardboard dummy during a training course Friday in the Mount Carmel Borough Council chambers.
The training, hosted by the Mount Carmel Borough Police, was attended by officers of 22 police departments as well as the department of corrections. Taser International instructor Charles Balon, who is also a sergeant with the Bloomsburg Police Department, led the class on how to properly use a Taser. The class was hosted by the Mount Carmel Borough Police Department. Balon's lesson covered the who, what, when and how of Taser use, including the correct circumstances to implement the weapon. "The situation, not the officer, dictates its use," said Balon. The weapon is not foolproof, and Balon said a Taser will not replace a gun in a situation where the subject is violent or brandishing a deadly weapon. "A common misconception is that a Taser is a magic bullet," said Balon. "This is just another tool that can help us take (suspects) into custody." He also brought some of Taser's new products to demonstrate for the class. Balon said the Taser itself records data while firing, including how long the Taser was fired, if the subject was hit and the subject's pulse patterns.

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Winters and the two other trainers, Charles Balon of the Bloomsburg Police Department and Bauman of the West Chester Police Department, walked from room to room, observing the actions of the officers and offering advice after the scenario ended.

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