Pictured above: Members of the Emergency Response Unit prepare
‚Äčto enter a home of a barricaded person in September 2014.

There were a number of decreases in instances of the reported use of Use of Force in 2014 from the previous year. The overall number decreased by 17%, the overall number of firearm related usages by police decreased 26%, incidents where a handgun was pointed decreased 26% and the number of incidents where carbines were pointed also decreased by 46%.  An increase was noted in the frequency with which conducted energy weapons (CEWs) were discharged by 30% however, the frequency of CEWs being displayed decreased 26%.  There were slight increases in the use of force at the lower end of the scale including soft and hard physical control which speaks well to the training of officers.  In 2014, the WRPS Canine Units assisted in the arrest of 75 individuals. In 11 cases, Use of Force reports were required as the suspects suffered injuries in the apprehension.    

In 2014, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers submitted 220 Use of Force Reports compared to 263 reports in 2013.  An analysis of these reports indicates officers utilize good judgment when required to use force and are in compliance with Use of Force legislation and procedures.

The following is a breakdown of the Use of Force statistics, divided by Division and type.