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 2015/2016:
- Reviewed use of force articles and confirmed that the individual referenced in the articles is an academically and professionally credentialed and acknowledged expert in the field of psychology and policing and that his work has been peer reviewed. Discussed possibility of holding a meeting of police trainers and police chiefs to explore use of force training more fully.
- In cooperation with Correctional Services Canada, reviewed the CSC’s use of force model and related issues of mutual concern. As a result, the Committee has proposed that the DG of SCS become a member of the Committee.
- Reviewed C-8 carbine deployment and training in the RCMP. Noted the emphasis on judgement and tactics along with technical proficiency placed on the training.
- Recognizing that language and terminology around police use of force can affect public perception of police, Committee members examined the currency of the Canadian Use of Force Model. The Committee is exploring interest in a meeting of police trainers and chiefs to ensure that training emphasizes a police culture of public service as a peace officer.
- Participated in focus groups and interviews, and reviewed a draft report prepared by Public Safety Canada on the Use of Force Reporting: Collecting and Analyzing Data on Use of Force in Encounters between Police and Members of the Public: Implications for Policy and Practice in Canada. Committee identified issues and concerns and has been asked to provide their views on a number of issues raised.
- Held a Committee roundtable on use of force related good practices and issues across Canada.
Initiatives Planned 2016/2017:
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, and in particular, de-escalation training. The Committee will explore the benefits of hosting a symposium to assess de-escalation training.