The need to incorporate a Variety of Options into Less Lethal Programs

It has long been understood that there is a genuine need for law enforcement to adopt less lethal approaches to accomplishing its mission of keeping the public safe.  As early as 1990 the United Nations had adopted General Provisions which stated that “governments and law enforcement agencies should develop a range of means as broad […]

Ontario watchdog clears VPD officers who fired riot weapons at Ottawa protesters

Simon Little – Global news Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared two Vancouver police officers of any wrongdoing after they fired “less lethal” firearms at demonstrators during the anti-COVID-19 mandate protests in Ottawa in February. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit opened the probe after the officers with the Vancouver Police Department’s emergency response team fired the Anti-riot […]

The Need for Less Lethal Training

According to the State of Policy in Law Enforcement 2018 Report, 80 percent of the 246 law enforcement professionals surveyed reported an increased need for training within their organization.[1]  This need for increased training comes at a time of intense public scrutiny of policing practices and widespread calls for reform in the way that officers […]

Barrie officer cleared for using anti-riot weapon during standoff

Kim Phillips – Barrie Digital Producer A Barrie police officer under investigation for using an anti-riot weapon during a standoff last fall has been cleared of any criminal offences. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) invoked its mandate following the incident at a home on Innisfil Street on Nov. 25, 2021. The agency says officers went […]

Ottawa police use anti-riot weapons on convoy protesters, arrest 170 Ottawa police said Saturday evening that “mid-range impact weapons” were used on protesters “assaulting officers with weapons.” Police said in a tweet that the use of the “Anti Riot Weapon ENfield” (ARWEN) weapons were warranted to “stop the violent actions of the protesters.” “The ARWEN fires less-lethal munitions known as ‘baton round,’” Ottawa police […]

SIU clears city officer in ARWEN discharge – Expositor Staff An Ontario police watchdog says a Brantford police officer committed no crime in discharging an anti-riot weapon at a 37-year-old man last Oct 19. The man was not seriously injured, according to a report released Wednesday by the Special Investigations Unit.   SIU director Joseph Martino said officers went the man’s […]

SIU investigating ARWEN discharge in Greater Napanee Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is currently investigating an incident that took place in Greater Napanee yesterday, in which an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 58-year-old man. According to a release from the SIU, preliminary information suggests the following: After 11 a.m. on January 3, 2022 […]

SIU clears OPP officer’s use of anti-riot weapon

Official acted ‘reasonably’ during arrest, suspect awaiting sentencing Michael Lee – North Bay Nugget Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has found no basis to proceed with criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer who discharged an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield, or ARWEN, during an arrest in May. The SIU released its decision from director Joseph […]