(KENORA, ON) – On December 6th, 2019, officers with the Treaty Three Police Service apprehended a female under the Mental Health Act and assisted in transporting her to the Lake of the Woods Hospital for a medical assessment.
While at the hospital the female obtained a weapon and began to injure herself . At this point officers made vaillant efforts to deescalate the situation, however, when the female ignored the officer’s directions a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) (A.K.A. Taser) was used to prevent the female from causing any further injury to herself and others.
What is a Conducted Energy Weapon?
A CEW commonly referred to as a Taser, are on of the several less-than-lethal use of force options available to Treaty Three Police Service and many other police force’s across the nation and planet.
They function through the application of electrical impulses that cause involuntary muscle contractions and temporary immobilization, assisting officers in gaining control of a subject.
The use of CEW’s is regulated in Ontario by the Ministry of Solicitor General under the Police Services Act, including which model can be used and which officers are qualified and permitted to carry a CEW.