Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) are commonly referred to by the brand name Taser. They are one of several less lethal Use of Force options used by Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers. CEWs deliver electrical impulses that cause involuntary muscle contractions and temporary immobilization, assisting officers in gaining control of a person who is assaultive, or where there is an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death.
The use of CEWs is regulated in Ontario by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) under the Police Services Act, including which models can be used and which officers are qualified and permitted to carry them.
In November 2013, the provincial government issued revised guidelines allowing for the expanded deployment of the devices by police services.
The DRPS is currently reviewing all of the possible options and is gathering some important input from the community and stakeholders. All of the feedback received will help create a report that is being prepared for the Police Services Board regarding next steps.
To read a brochure with more information about CEWs and their use by the Durham Regional Police Service, click here.
To fill out the survey, click here. You have until June 30, 2014 to complete the survey.
For more information from Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, click here.
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