This Week in Policing – February 27, 2009

This week in policing brings us to the hot topic of Tasers…in fact, it’s such a hot topic, I’m only going to say:

“Our position on the use of Tasers has been clear and widely reported for years. Tasers reduce injuries, save lives and work effectively. If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t use them.

 Our position aligns with the one taken by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. We agree with the CACP that Tasers, like any use of force, even the threat of using force, can result in injuries or worse. Extensive training, clear tactical guidelines, compliance and equipment testing checks can all greatly reduce that risk.

 Recently we have seen the RCMP raise their use of Taserguidelines to more closely comply with those that the VPD and other municipal departments have been using for some time. We consider this a positive move in the direction of greater understanding and support for these valuable tools that enhance our efforts to preserve public safety.”

Sentencing news:

Three males charged in connection with the 2006 kidnapping of university student Graham McMynn have been sentenced:

  • Anh The Nguyen – 13 years for kidnapping plus 8 year concurrent term for unlawful confinement
  • Jose Hernandez – 12 years for kidnapping plus 8 year concurrent term for unlawful confinement
  • Sam Vu – 8 years for unlawful confinement
  • Two others were aquitted during the trial, and one juvenile remains scheduled for trial in March 2009


News update:

  • The Vancouver police have now charged a 19 year old man in connection with the February 17th home invasion and shooting that took place at a residence in the 6900 block of Fraser St.  Travis Arthur Chartrand faces the following charges: robbery, break and enter, aggravated assault, using a firearm during the commission of an offence, and possession of a dangerous weapon.


News from Greece – don’t try this at home!

On Sunday, February 22nd, two inmates serving time at an Athens jail for robbery and murder escaped after climbing a rope ladder thrown to them from a helicopter hovering over the jail court yard.  Prison guards engaged in a gun battle with the helicopter, but the two inmates were able to make good their escape. 

To add insult to injury, this was the SECOND time these two inmates had escaped by chopper – in 2006, they were able to get away after a hijacked helicopter actually landed in the jail courtyard.  At that time, it was reported jail guards failed to react as they thought the chopper was there for a prison inspector’s visit. 

This most recent escape took place just days before the two inmates were to appear before the courts for the first attempt.  Oh dear.

Full video coverage in a report from CNN:


That’s it for this week.  Have a good weekend, and stay safe.



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