The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Moves Forward with National Taser-Related Research Initiatives



    OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Chiefs of
Police (CACP) today announced that the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC)
will undertake, on its behalf, a comprehensive review of, and additional
research on, the use of Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) - more commonly known
as Tasers - to provide a national perspective on the safety and use of the
devices.
    "A large body of research already exists on Conducted Energy Devices,"
remarked Steven Chabot, Deputy Director General of the Sûreté du Québec and
President of the CACP, "and while CEDs have a solid track record for safety,
CED-related incidents that involve injury or death are an obvious concern for
law enforcement personnel and the public alike. We have asked the CPRC to
update its comprehensive 2005 report to reflect any new findings regarding
CEDs and CED-related issues, to proceed with a study of individuals resisting
arrest as recommended in that 2005 report and to look at ways of establishing
a more national approach to evaluating evolving CED technology and encouraging
CED information-sharing."
    The latest research will include a year long study that aims to identify
links between the individual and situational characteristics of people who
have been subject to police restraint, different methods of restraints and the
risk of death associated. This study is entitled RESTRAINT: Risk of dEath in
Subjects That Resist: Assessment of Incidence and Nature of faTal outcomes.
Data collection has already begun and the study will be expanded to include
several cities across Canada.
    CED technology is continuously evolving and the CACP's renewed focus on
these technologies will enable the law enforcement community to better respond
to these changes to keep abreast of the latest developments to monitor the
situation and respond accordingly. There are also a number of new developments
in less lethal and directed energy technologies that will soon be available to
police services in Canada. In response, the CACP has asked the CPRC to act as
the point of contact for the study and evaluation of these systems for law
enforcement in Canada.
    "Continued research and evaluation work on CED technology is a natural
fit for the Canadian Police Research Centre," stated Steve Palmer, CPRC
Executive Director. "We are already working with the US National Institute of
Justice and the UK Home Office Scientific Development Branch to coordinate and
share research to evaluate the latest generation CEDs. The CACP's support in
establishing the CPRC as a Canadian centre of excellence on CED technologies
bolsters our role as the single, national focal point for technology research
and development efforts in support of Canada's police and public safety
community."
    "The CPRC is widely recognized as an organization that can provide
objective information for both the public and policy makers on a number of
issues," added Mr. Chabot. "The organization's continued work regarding the
safety and effectiveness of CED technologies is most welcomed."
    An update on the state of CED-related technology and issues is expected
by the end of the first quarter in 2008. The RESTRAINT study will begin early
in 2008 with a final report available in 2009 (a full year of data collection
is foreseen).
    Additional information on the CPRC and its work involving CEDs (including
the 2005 technical report on CEDs released in 2006) is available on the CPRC's
Web site at www.cprc.org.
    A background document is available at www.cacp.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Steve Palmer, Canadian Police Research Centre,
(613) 993-3996; Peter Cuthbert, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police,
(613) 233-1106

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