2014 Use of Force Report

Background:

In Ontario, all police officers are required* to submit a “Use of Force Report” in any of the following circumstances:

  • Anytime a member draws a handgun in the presence of the public
  • Anytime a member discharges a firearm in the course of their duties
  • When a weapon, other than a firearm, is used on a member of the public**
  • When any force is used that results in an injury that requires medical attention

*R.R.O. 1990 Reg. 926

**Includes expandable batons, aerosol weapons (OC Spray), and conducted energy weapons (Taser)

All Use of Force Reports submitted by KLPS officers are reviewed by a supervisor and a training officer to ensure compliance with Provincial legislation and our own policies on the use of force.

Summary:

In 2014, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Officers submitted 36 Use of Force Reports involving a total of 45 force options (several reports involved more than one force option being utilized).

The following is a summary of the reported incidents from 2013:

Handgun Drawn or Pointed at Another Person (22 Incidents):

The majority of incidents involve officers arresting subjects who are non-compliant and officer safety concerns exist.

Firearm Discharged (1 Incident):

An officer used their issue sidearm to humanely destroy a deer that had been injured in a collision with a vehicle.

Empty Hand Techniques (9 Incidents):

A Use of Force report solely for the use of “Empty Hand Techniques” is only required if the subject involved receives an injury that requires medical attention.  Empty Hand Techniques are often used before or in concert with other force options.  Those incidents are also captured in use of force reporting.

Aerosol Weapons (6 Incidents):

OC spray was used on one occasion in 2014 to assist officers in gaining control of a subject who was combative and resisting arrest

Conducted Energy Weapons (10 Incidents):

In 2014, a KLPS officer deployed a conducted energy weapon (Taser) to apprehend a male party who was armed with two knives.  In the remaining 9 incidents, the CEW was displayed, but not deployed.

Canine (2 Incidents):

On 2 occasions, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police K-9 was utilized to forcibly bring uncooperative subjects into custody.  Those incidents resulted in very minor injuries to the involved parties.

 

 

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2014 Police Complaints

Background:

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) was created in 2007 and began operations in October 2009. The OIPRD is responsible for handling all public complaints against the police in Ontario.  Their mandate is separate from that of the Special Investigations Unit which investigates only incidents of serious bodily harm or death that have resulted from a criminal act by a police officer.

Members of the public who are not satisfied with the services provided by a Police Service or the conduct of an individual officer have the option of filing a complaint with the Police Service involved, another Police Service or directly to the OIPRD http://www.oiprd.on.ca/En/Pages/Home.aspx .

Upon receipt of a public complaint, the OIPRD has the following options:

  • The complaint may be “screened out” and no further action taken*
  • The complaint may be referred back to the involved Police Service for investigation
  • Another Police Service may be directed to conduct the investigation
  • The OIPRD may conduct their own investigation

* Complaints that are vexatious, made in bad faith, older than 6 months or not in the public interest may be screened out at the discretion of the OIPRD

Regardless, of who conducts the investigation, the OIPRD has the authority to review all findings and to direct a hearing under the Police Services Act if needed.  Members of the public may appeal the findings of an investigation conducted by police, but decisions made by the OIPRD are final and not subject to review.

Summary:

In 2014, the OIPRD received a total of thirteen public complaints filed against members of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service.  Of those complaints, seven were screened out by the OIPRD as they were deemed to not warrant any investigation.  Thorough investigations were conducted into the remaining six complaints that were screened in by the OIPRD.  Four of the investigations were conducted by our police service and the remaining two investigations were conducted by the OIPRD. At the conclusion of the investigations conducted by our police service, two of the complaints were resolved informally after the complainants and the officer came to a mutual understanding. The remaining two complaints were “Substantiated”, meaning that minor misconduct had occurred. The minor misconduct was resolved with an apology and additional training.

Both complaints retained by the OIRPD for investigation were deemed to be “Unsubstantiated”.

Overall, the volume of public complaints against members of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is relatively low and consistent year to year.

Police Service Board Vacancy Information Sheets

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Public Safety Division has just distributed this information to all Chiefs, OPP Commissioner, Police Service Board Chairs and encourages us to share it with our communities.


Police services boards play an important role in Ontario. Filling police service board vacancies is a lengthy process that includes: receiving applications, interviewing candidates, selecting a candidate, and conducting a candidate background check. Once the background check is complete, an Order-in-Council must be approved by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and subsequently by Cabinet. Following Cabinet approval, the appointment may be subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies. Finally, the Order in Council is signed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and the appointment is complete.

Before this process can begin, however, the Ministry strives to ensure that there is a strong pool of candidates.

Individuals interested in applying to be a member of a police services board can find specific information on qualification requirements, expectations, and how to apply by reviewing the attached “Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheets”. Depending on the type of board, there are two information sheets: Municipal Police Forces and OPP Service Provision Agreements.

Both Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheets can be found on the Ontario Public Service website through the links below:

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/police_serv/PolicingServicesBoards/PSB.html
http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/french/police_serv/commissiondesservicespoliciers/PSB_fr.html

Recon Is On Duty!

After an intense training course with the Durham Regional Police Canine program, Recon is now certified as a general purpose police service dog.

In October of 2014 we asked you, our community, to name your police dog. After tallying up all the submitted names, we narrowed the choice down to three submissions.

With the assistance on an online survey posted on October 24th, you elected to name your community police dog “Recon”

Now that Recon is an active member or our team we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce you to the person who submitted his name.

On April 22nd 2006 Corporal Randy Payne, a Canadian Forces Military Police Officer was killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Payne, the son of a Peterborough area couple was killed by a roadside bomb.

Shirley, a close family relative residing in Peterborough suggested we name him “Recon” (short for a military reconnaissance) in honor of her nephew.

On Thursday December 18th we caught up with Shirley in Peterborough and introduced her to Recon.

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