Ottawa ahead of province in deescalation training

The province is mandating that any officers equipped with tasers receive an extra four hours of deescalation training.

But the Ottawa Police Service already offers more than four-and-a-half hours of the training to every frontline officer, whether they have a taser or not. Right now only supervisors in Ottawa are equipped with the devices.

Chief Charles Bordeleau faced questions about funding the training at Monday night's police services board.

"The initial request that came from the Ontario Chiefs of Police was that additional funding be provided by the ministry with the changes and the regulations, specifically with the additional training and the impact that's going to have on local police services," said Bordeleau.

"The initial indication is that there isn't any extra funding but we'll continue to advocate for that possible funding," he said.

The service is still reviewing tasers and whether they're a necessary tool for all frontline officers.

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