Use of force by the Regina Police Service was the hot topic at the Board of Police Commissioners meeting held on Monday morning.
From 2016 to 2017, police saw a rise in soft physical control, pointing a firearm and use of a controlled energy weapon or a taser, as its more commonly referred to. This was, they said, is due to the increase in mental health issues, gang related activity and alcohol and drug issues in the Queen City.
Chief Evan Bray said these continuous issues most likely cause officers to use force.
“Keep in mind, a lot of times when we’re arresting someone, they just committed an offence,” he said. “And, in some cases they want to escape the jeopardy of being arrested by police.”
Encompassed in that discussions was the use of weaponry, including the increase of soft physicality (i.e : pointing a firearm and use a controlled energy weapon).
Mayor Michael Fougere said given the nature of crimes that are happening in the city, he’d argue there’s actually a decrease.
“We can peel the onion back and talk about the particular instances where there has been an increase, but I would suggest that alot of restraint is being used,” he said.