Patrol members of the Regina Police Service deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), or Taser, on a male earlier today, September 30, 2022, in Regina. This advisory is issued as part of a commitment by the Regina Police Service to notify the public each time a CEW is discharged at a person.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 900 block of McIntosh Street for a report that a distressed male had self-inflicted injuries and was holding a knife to himself. When police arrived, the male held an edged weapon to himself and would not comply with police commands to drop the weapon. Believing the male was going to cause himself harm, one of the officers present deployed a CEW. The officers were then able to take the male into custody without further incident and get him into the care of EMS. The male was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to the hospital by EMS. The male will not be facing any criminal charges.
The deployment of the CEW/Taser is documented through reports and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Review Board, which is a panel within the Regina Police Service, made up of experienced officers. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission.