DEPUTATION TO MENTAL HEALTH SUB-COMMITTEEThe use of CEW
or known as conducted energy weapon [taser], goalis to immobilize a individual, and disarm them, it is consider a safeway of dealing with a person when displaying signs of mentaldisturbance I hear this over and over I kind of disagree..but It is a
difficult balance…. I would rather prefer the Mobile Crisis Intervention
Units to deal with a person who may be showing signs of mentalcrisis..In July , an incident shocked the city to the very core, We all of usTorontonians are here tonight to express our frustration at theProvince by responding to arm the T.P.S with extra weapons to dealwith Citizens.
I read an article on the Media that has shocked me… the officer who
shot the young man on Dundas St. had requested a taser before shotswere fired. However, because he is a constable, he was unauthorizedto carry a taser at the time.It is my understanding that in Toronto, only supervisors and tacticalteams are allowed to use tasers (there are about 500 devices inToronto in total) I think Sergeants are also allowed to carry this typeof weapon.Madeline Mellieur
, Ontario’s Community Safety Minister announced
that the weapons can now be used by all front-line police officers. TheToronto Police Services board at the last meeting which I attendedthey made no
decision on whether to expand the force’s taser
program I know for a fact. However there was motion to review the
current budget to find the funds to acquire C.E.W’s if the board
o get this weapons….
I candidly call them
for therecord I will not support any , request for more money from the City.Instead the PROVINCE should be prepared to face the costs associated
with any future purchase of C.E.W’s.
The opinion of the public suggest is to remove , the toys away fromthe T.P.S because there are many hot heads officers out there.