Ontario's Police Leaders Welcome Position Document on Conducted Energy Weapons From Federal Police Associations

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders today welcomed the
Position Document on Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) released by the Canadian
Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Police Association
(CPA) which supports the use of CEWs by police within clear guidelines from
governments and accountability from police agencies.
    "The position document released by CACP and CPA confirms the position of
the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) that CEWs remain an
important use of force option for police officers," said OACP President Chief
Ian Davidson (Greater Sudbury Police Service). "OACP supports the CACP's and
CPA's joint position that CEWs are an important tool in helping our officers
reduce the risk of injury or death when apprehending individuals who are not
complying, in situations that pose safety threats to the public, witnesses,
suspects themselves, and police."
    Conducted Energy Weapons (often referred to by its trade name "Tasers"),
deliver a series of electrical pulses that temporarily incapacitate an
individual. This allows law enforcement officers to apprehend violent or
combative subjects, including those threatening to harm themselves, without
using lethal force.
    Police representatives from the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, Sûreté
du Québec, and municipal police agencies across the country as well as police
training specialists, researchers, and technical experts met in late January
to develop the position document at a workshop in Orillia, Ontario, organized
by the CACP.
    Chief Davidson noted that the document offers an excellent reference
point for all Canadian police services in how they use CEWs to promote
community and officer safety. OACP also welcomes the emphasis on the need for
greater public awareness about the various use of force options available to
police in Canada and the factors that police take into account when deciding
which one to use.
    The CACP-CPA position document builds on the OACP's own Report on
Conducted Energy Weapons released in October 2008. The OACP report made
recommendations to the Government of Ontario and Ontario police services in a
number of important areas, including use of force threshold, deployment of
CEWs, equipment storage and maintenance, accountability and reporting,
individual event reporting and data collection, and training.
    The CACP-CPA position document on CEWs can be found on the websites of
the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police www.cacp.ca and the Canadian
Police Association www.cpa-acp.ca.

    Members of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police serve their
    communities as the senior police leaders in municipal, regional,
    provincial, national, and First Nations police services across Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and
Communications, OACP, T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22, C. (416) 575-1731, Evenings
(416) 695-7096, E. jcouto@oacp.on.ca, www.oacp.on.ca

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