Overview of the OC Spray
OC Spray, commonly
referred to as pepper spray, is one of the favorites of law enforcement.
It is a very effective alternative to more lethal levels of force.
OC is short for Oleoresin
Simply, it is cayenne
pepper in a can, and it is very painful when applied.
OC spray really took off
in the 1990's as a replacement to mace which is a chemical compound.
OC is made of natural ingredients.
The affects of OC spray
vary from person to person, but general affects are severe pain and
tearing of the eyes, a feeling of intense heat on the skin, sneezing and
massive mucous production, coughing and an inability to keep one's eyes
However, there have been
instances where OC spray has little to no affect on suspects.
Oleoresin capsicum is the
ingredient that causes the severe pain. Different OC sprays have
different percentages of oleoresin capsicum. Usually, it is
between one and ten percent. While the percentages do matter, what
also matters is the type of pepper used in the product, so don't be
OC spray is usually
delivered to the target from a small can stored on an officer's utility
belt. It should be shaken at the beginning of each shift to
prevent the OC from settling.
Also, OC spray cans come
with an expiration date, so check it often.
The legality of OC spray
for the general public varies from state to state, so non-law
enforcement should consult local laws prior to making a purchase.
Officers can purchase OC spray from Chief