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Use of force reports down 29 per cent: Regional Police

Regional Police are crediting de-escalation training for the lower numbers
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New numbers from Regional Police are quite promising when it comes to those concerned by the need for police to use force to effect arrests.

The numbers highlight the first half of 2018 (January 1 to June 30) and note there were 103 reports of 'use of force' in that time frame, a drop of 29 per cent --- or 145 reports --- from 2017.

The data also shows that there were 150,845 calls for service in that time --- up 3.8 per cent --- and 8,362 arrests made, which is up 13.5 per cent.

Now, since each officer at the scene of an incident, the 103 is not a representation of individual incidents.

Police say there were actually 88 incidents involving use of force, and that's a drop of 22.1 per cent from the 113 in 2017.

12 of those saw the usage of the K9 unit.

This also covers the use of a handgun, rifle, baton, having to utilize physical control of someone, and even the use of a taser.

Of note, one handgun was discharged in the first half of the year while a taser was introduced 56 times.  39 of those, the taser was just drawn or pointed.

As for injuries, two officers took minor injuries in separate incidents.

One was hit with a CEW probe inadvertently while the other cut their hand on glass using a baton to get into a stolen vehicle to arrest someone.

As well, someone suffered a serious injury from that lone discharge of a handgun.

Six others suffered minor injuries during arrest, including two canine bites.




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