Shelburne Police has submitted fewer Use of Force reports in 2016 than the previous two years.
Two reports were submitted in 2016, compared to four in 2015, and four in 2014.
The Police Services Act requires members of a police service to submit a use of force report to the Chief of Police whenever the member: 1) draws a handgun in the presence of a member of the public, excluding a member of the police force while on duty, or discharges a firearm, 2) Uses a weapon other than a firearm on another person; or 3) Uses physical force on another person that results in an injury requiring medical attention.
Both use of force reports in 2016 were for using “soft empty hand techniques” in order to affect an arrest. There were no incidents in 2016 where an officer drew a firearm, used a taser, used pepper spray, or used a baton.
“Considering the fact that our officers responded to over 4000 dispatched calls for police assistance from members of the public and dealt with a wide variety of actively resistant / occasionally dangerous offenders, these statistics are impressive and well within acceptable margins”, states Chief Moore.