Police release national position on conducted energy weapons

    OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's two national police associations,
the Canadian Police Association (CPA) and the Canadian Association of Chiefs
of Police (CACP), have issued a joint position document supporting the use of
conducted energy weapons (CEWs) by police within clear guidelines from
governments and accountability from police agencies. The associations also
stress 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.
    Police from across the country met in late January to develop the
position document at a workshop organized by the Canadian Association of
Chiefs of Police.
    Chief Tom Kaye of the Owen Sound Police Service and a CACP Vice-President
is positive about the outcome. "We drew upon the best expertise in the country
and agreed on key points that we think could evolve into a framework for all
police in Canada."
    Officers 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 at the Ontario Provincial
Police Headquarters in Orillia. OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, who hosted
the event, delivered opening remarks.
    "Conducted energy weapons help police save lives," said Charles Momy,
President of the Canadian Police Association. "These weapons enhance public
safety, and officer safety. We maintain that all police officers should be
authorized to use CEWs and provided with sufficient and recurring training on
the use of these weapons and other use of force options. All officers need to
understand and be competent in the application of force at all levels as set
out in the use of force model."
    The conducted energy weapon, known by its trade name Taser, delivers 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.
Today's position document has been developed by the CACP and CPA to clarify
the position of Canadian police with respect to the need for and appropriate
use of conducted energy weapons, as well as the risks associated with this and
other authorized forms of force used by police in performing their lawful
    The 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.

    The CPA is the national voice for approximately 57,000 police personnel
serving across Canada. Through the CPA's 160 member associations, CPA
membership includes police personnel serving in police services from Canada's
smallest towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal
cities, provincial police services, members of the RCMP, railway police, and
First Nations police associations.
    The CACP is national in character. Its interests and concern have
relevance to police at all levels including municipal, regional, provincial
and federal. The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of
efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of
Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives
the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, CPA Communications Officer,
(613) 231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516, pcollin@cpa-acp.ca; Chief Thomas J.
Kaye, O.O.M., Owen Sound Police Service, Vice-President, Canadian Association
of Chiefs of Police, (519) 376-9812 ext 215

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