PAO Supports Use of CEWs

    PAO backs Position Paper from National Police Associations

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The Police Association of Ontario says Conducted
Energy Weapons are important public safety tools that reduce the risk of
injury and death. The PAO says proper guidelines and recurring training make
CEWs a valuable option for officers in volatile situations that threaten the
safety of the public, witnesses, suspects and the police.
    The PAO fully supports the joint position document on the use of CEWs by
police, issued by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the
Canadian Police Association. The paper calls for clear guidelines from
governments and accountability from police agencies. The Associations also
call for greater public understanding of what use of force options are
available to police, and all the factors that police take into account when
deciding what use of force to employ.
    "We are very pleased that such a thorough and coordinated effort has been
undertaken to ensure that appropriate guidelines and training are in place to
support police officers in protecting the public. That's what this is all
about," says PAO President Larry Molyneaux.
    The PAO says the CEW is considered to be an intermediate weapon, like
pepper spray. An officer assesses the totality of a situation, and rules out
other options before deciding to use the CEW. The PAO says police agencies are
responsible for implementing policy and procedures, for providing recurring
training in accordance with government guidelines, and for having consistent
reporting methods to ensure accountability in the use of CEWs.
    "For police officers, it is about preventing injury and saving lives.
CEWs are a public safety tool. There are few tools we have at our disposal to
bring a violent person under control in order to protect them, to protect
others who are in the vicinity, and to protect police officers fulfilling
their duties," adds Molyneaux.

For further information:

For further information: Contact the Police Association of Ontario,
(905) 670-9770, Larry Molyneaux, President; Ron Middel, CAO

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