Evaluation of Pepper Spray for the Winnipeg Police Department

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Authors
  1. Williams, D.
Corporate Authors
Winnipeg Police Department, Winnipeg MB (CAN);Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Abstract
The Winnipeg Police Department reviewed the use of the OC spray product and decided to use the Def Tec as it was reported by both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Calgary Police Service that it was the superior OC product. "First Defense" Mark III, produced by the Def Tec Corporation was selected for the four month evaluation period. There were 181 officers trained in the use of the product. During the evaluation period, the OC product was effectively used 71 (91%) out of 78. Of the 22 outdoor usages 19 (86%) were effective. The study recommended the following: - training should emphasize spraying from three feet and further from the person sprayed. - better decontamination procedures be developed. - training be developed for defensive tactics for officers encountering individuals who have OC spray. - a "use of force" form be developed to monitor OC spray usage.
Keywords
Pepper spray;Arrest (Police methods);Nonlethal weapons;Police -- Equipment and supplies -- Evaluation
Report Number
HV7936.E7;TM-11-94;TM-11-1994E — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 1994
Number of Pages
37
DSTKIM No
CA031348
CANDIS No
530070
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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