Open Letter to Senator Colin Kenny

    OTTAWA, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ -

    November 28, 2007

    The Honourable Colin Kenny, Senator
    Senate of Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A4

    Fax (613) 996-3737

    Dear Senator Kenny:

    We are writing on behalf of the 57,000 members of the Canadian Police
    Association, to voice our extreme displeasure and disappointment over
    your recent public commentary concerning Conducted Energy Devices (CED).

    It is unfortunate that you have chosen to venture outside of your mandate
    as Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and
    Defence, to comment on matters which are apparently, from your comments,
    beyond your area of expertise and understanding. It is irresponsible of
    you to suggest, without any regard for the body of scientific knowledge
    concerning these devices, nor any understanding of police training and
    procedures related to same, that a moratorium should be imposed on the
    use of CEDs.

    We consider this to be an unwarranted and misinformed intrusion into
    legitimate health and safety concerns of Canada's front line police
    personnel. Those incidents which have given rise to recent public
    attention are the subject of multiple layers of investigation and
    oversight, and the public can be assured that the interests of all
    Canadians will be accounted for in these processes. Furthermore, the
    officers involved in these incidents have the right, in our democracy, to
    the presumption of innocence pending the outcome of these inquiries. Your
    commentary only serves to undermine this presumption.

    We would respectfully encourage you to focus your efforts and attention
    on the important questions related to the adequacy of the security
    measures related to our borders, which certainly appear to be less than
    satisfactory at present.



    Tony Cannavino

    c.c.: National Press Gallery

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, Canadian Police Association,
(613) 231-4168, Fax: (613) 231-3254,

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