Ontario's New Standards For Taser Use
Ontario has taken a measured approach in introducing a new guideline and training standards for police officers authorized to use Tasers.
- Previously, the province relied on the training that was delivered by the manufacturer to ensure officers were using Tasers appropriately and effectively.
- In 2008, the province ordered a study to examine policy, operational and training issues involving the use of Tasers including precautionary measures, training requirements and reporting procedures. The ministry and its policing partners conducted the study.
- New guideline and training standards are based on recommendations from the Conducted Energy Weapons Review.
- Ontario's policing partners support the new guideline and training standards, and police services will begin implementing the provisions immediately.
- Over the next few months the Ontario Police College will introduce enhanced training for instructors.
- All trainers will be provided with a manual and assessment tools to further ensure consistency and standardized training across the province.
- Ontario will continue to monitor the use of Tasers in consultation with police partners and other relevant experts.