Police Boards call for a national working group on Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs)

    OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Police Boards
(CAPB) recognizes that public interest and confidence requires that Canada's
police leaders, both civilian and uniform, set a high standard for use of
Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs).
    At the annual meeting in August 2008 in Toronto, representatives of
police services boards and commissions from across Canada, directed CAPB to
establish a national working group of stakeholders to gather and review best
practices with a view to develop consistent national standards including clear
policies, internal reporting mechanisms and public accountability for the use
of CEWs for Canadian municipal police services.
    CAPB believes that this process will help police leaders in setting high,
rather than minimum, standards based on best practices.
    CAPB is committed to following this process. "There is a great deal of
public interest and speculation in Canada on the use of CEWs" said CAPB
President Greg Dionne. "Good governance and effective accountability are
essential and it's our obligation to ensure CEWs are employed within a
framework that mitigates risk for both the public and police officers".

    CAPB represents 75 municipal police boards and commissions from across
Canada providing governance and oversight to some 33,000 police officers. As
such, CAPB has a unique, non-partisan perspective on issues affecting
residents of cities and areas throughout Canada in which police
boards/commissions have been established. The effective governance and
oversight of policing in Canada is an important means to ensure full
accountability, transparency and confidence in Canada police services as they
tackle the important issue of public safety.

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Lanzon, Executive Director, Canadian
Association of Police Boards, (819) 682-1440, jlanzon@capb.ca

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