To support the CACP by providing advice and counsel on matters related to police use of force. This includes consideration of use-of-force technology and use-of-force modalities (e.g. techniques, policies, procedures and practices).
Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:
- Focused on helping to reform the police use of force model, training, and reporting, with an emphasis on de-escalation.
- Monitored development of the Vancouver and Victoria Police (BC) and the Ontario Provincial Police published their Mental Health Strategies to determine if and how they could be adapted for a broader Canadian audience.
- Established a Committee website.
Priority activities planned 2017/2018:
The Committee will focus on:
- Police encounters with persons who are emotionally disturbed or suffering from mental illness and its intersection with police use of force and use of force training.
- Use of Force reporting - the Committee acknowledges that police training, policy, and tactics benefit from accurate and comprehensive data.
- Use of force training - in particular with emphasis on de-escalation training. The Committee will explore the benefit of holding a symposium for chiefs of police to assess the latest training approaches to police use of force, especially de-escalation training.