RCMP Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) use continues downward trend

OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) today released a special report entitled RCMP Use of the Conducted Energy Weapon: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010.

This report contributes to the CPC's ongoing effort to monitor RCMP use of the CEW. The report, which included an examination of 597 CEW usage reports, concluded that:

  • Overall CEW use (i.e. any threatened or actual deployment of the device) dropped 14.2% in 2010, continuing a downward trend observed since 2008.
  • Actual deployment of CEWs dropped 26.4% between 2009 and 2010, reflecting a growing tendency to use CEWs as a means of deterrence or de-escalation, without the device being deployed.

The CPC continues to closely monitor CEW use on at-risk populations, including youth and those with mental health issues. This year's report noted that:

  • The number of incidents involving youth where CEW use was threatened was higher in 2010 than it has ever been, but actual CEW deployments on youth have remained low.
  • The use of CEWs in incidents where mental health is a factor has decreased, with 2010 figures reverting back to 2008 levels.

"I am encouraged by the RCMP's approach to ensuring more effective internal monitoring of the use of force by its members, and trust that these efforts will continue," said Mr. Ian McPhail, Interim Chair.

"It is my belief that the Commission's work on this report, with the full cooperation of the RCMP, has been a very useful exercise - both in terms of assisting the RCMP to better monitor the use of the CEW and amend policies and practices, as required, and in enhancing public confidence through effective civilian oversight."

The full report, including all the Commission's findings and recommendations, can be found on the Commission's website.

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Image with caption: "Force-Wide Trends in CEW Usage. (CNW Group/Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C7793_PHOTO_EN_18116.jpg

SOURCE: Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP

For further information:

Tim Cogan
613-608-0193
Tim.cogan@cpc-cpp.gc.ca

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