Officers deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) while arresting a male in Whitby and only needed to display the CEW to resolve an armed person call in Oshawa.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, at approximately 4:20 p.m., officers in Central West Division responded to a residence on Duffs Road in Whitby in search of a male wanted by another police service. The distraught male was found hiding in the basement and became combative. An officer deployed his CEW, which was not effective initially. A second deployment was required and the male was arrested without further incident.
A 40-year-old male from Whitby faces domestic-related charges with the other police agency. His name is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.
Later the same day, at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers in Central East Division responded to Memorial Park regarding a male armed with a knife. An officer attempted a gunpoint arrest of the male, but the male would not comply with the officer’s commands. As backup officers arrived, the original officer transitioned to his CEW and when the male observed it, he obeyed the officer’s commands and was arrested without further incident.
A 22-year-old male was later released without charges and a knife was seized.
Durham Regional Police are rarely required to use force during interactions with the public. In 2015, force was used in far less than one percent of calls. We used the CEW only 44 times in 2015 and in 24 of those cases, the CEW was not actually fired – just the presence of the device de-escalated the situation.