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Public Safety Canada

October 15, 2010 15:54 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Leads Intergovernmental Consensus on National Guidelines for Conducted Energy Devices

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement at the conclusion of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia:

"I am very pleased that Justice and Public Safety ministers across Canada were able to move forward in establishing new national guidelines for conducted energy devices and a research agenda to ensure continued cooperation between federal, provincial and territorial partners to improve policies and practices for the use of these devices. The development of these new national guidelines is another significant step in strengthening public confidence in police use of this important tool.

The new guidelines announced today ensure that training, testing, supervision and reporting, need to be taken into consideration by all federal-provincial-territorial jurisdictions when developing their respective policies and practices. These guidelines will:

  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate civilian oversight of policing; and,
  • Promote greater consistency across the country for training, testing and reporting responsibilities.

I am also pleased to note Justice and Public Safety Ministers' support for the research agenda that will further ensure we continue to work together and enhance our knowledge, as policies and practices for these devices to continue to evolve.

One of the activities contributing to this agenda has been the implementation of the Conducted Energy Weapons Strategic Initiative (CEWSI), a collaborative project led by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), in cooperation with Public Safety Canada and funded through DRDC's Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC).

The use of conducted energy devices is an important issue for law enforcement across Canada and the establishment of national guidelines and a collaborative research agenda are significant outcomes that will advance our collective interests," concluded the Minister.

The national guidelines can be viewed at: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/le/gucew-ldrai-eng.aspx.

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