Wednesday, October 3, 2012

#TASER reccomendations to be reviewed #bcpoli

Legislative Assembly
Government of British Columbia

Oct. 3, 2012

Committee to review status of Commission recommendations on TASER use

VICTORIA - An all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly will be briefed by experts Oct. 9, 15 and 16 on the status of the 2009 Braidwood Commission recommendations and the latest scientific research on TASER use. The Special Committee to Inquire into the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons and to Audit Selected Police Complaints will also hold public hearings on Oct. 22 and 23 on this first part of its mandate.

"Our starting point will be the extensive recommendations of the Braidwood Commission 2009 report," said committee chair Murray Coell. "Over the next month, we will consult with the public to review how effectively the recommendations have been implemented throughout the province."

"We will invite input from the public and key stakeholders to draw up recommendations in the months ahead," added the committee's deputy chair, Kathy Corrigan. "We encourage British Columbians to participate in this important process."

British Columbians are invited to attend a public hearing, send a written submission or submit a video or audio file. To register for a public hearing, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office by phone (toll free 1 877 428-8337) or by emailing

The deadline for public input is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

Details of the Braidwood Commission's recommendations are to be found in the report "Restoring Public Confidence: Restricting the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons" by Thomas R. Braidwood, Q.C. To access this report, as well as other information on the committee, please visit the committee's website at:

The public will also have an opportunity to participate when the committee focuses on the second part of its mandate: to assess the effectiveness of the police complaint process by conducting an audit of randomly selected complaints.

The members of the Special Committee to Inquire into the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons and to Audit Selected Police Complaints are:

Murray Coell, MLA (Saanich North and the Islands), chair;
Kathy Corrigan, MLA (Burnaby-Deer Lake), deputy chair;
Eric Foster, MLA (Vernon-Monashee);
Gordon Hogg, MLA (Surrey-White Rock);
Leonard Krog, MLA (Nanaimo);
John Slater, MLA (Boundary-Similkameen);
Joe Trasolini, MLA (Port Moody-Coquitlam).

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