Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs)

Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs), commonly referred to as Tasers, are one of several less-than-lethal use of force options available to Ottawa Police officers.

They function through the application of electrical impulses that cause involuntary muscle contractions and temporary immobilization, assisting officers in gaining control of a subject.

The use of CEWs is regulated in Ontario by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) under the Police Services Act, including which model can be used and which officers are qualified and permitted to carry a CEW.

On November 25, 2013, the MCSCS issued revised guidelines entitled “Revised Use of Force Guideline and Training Standards to Support Expanded Conducted Energy Weapon Use,” allowing for the expanded deployment of the devices.

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has since begun a review of current deployment of CEWs. As part of this review, the OPS has been gathering important community and stakeholder input. The feedback received will help inform a report that is being prepared for the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) for the spring of 2014, recommending future deployment options.

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CEWs - Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW)?

  • What is the difference between a CEW and a Taser?

  • On average, how often does the Ottawa Police deploy CEWs?

  • Have any serious injuries been reported to the Ottawa Police as a result of CEW deployment?

  • How many CEWs are currently available to Ottawa Police officers on the road?

  • What sort of training do Ottawa Police officers receive on CEWs?

  • How much does a CEW cost?

  • How long has the OPS been using CEWs?

  • Is there any accountability around the use of CEWs by officers?

  • When are officers authorized to use a CEW?