The Regina Police Service is advising the public of the discharge of a Conducted Energy Weapon, or CEW, commonly known as a taser, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, on a dog, during the arrest of a 19 year-old Regina male. While not falling within the Regina Police Service’s commitment to notify the public each time a CEW is discharged against a person; this CEW deployment will be shared with the public in the spirit of the commitment.
On September 27, 2018, at approximately 2:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Montreal Street for the report of a weapons offense. A suspicious male was seen with a knife. Police located and apprehended the suspect, when a large dog appeared, unrelated to the suspect’s arrest, and showed aggression, running towards one of the officers. A CEW was deployed on the dog, and the dog ran away. It is not clear, at this time, if the CEW probes made effective contact with the animal, as the dog has not been located. Animal Control was also advised of the incident.
The CEW discharge has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee – a committee with the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission – an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.