SIU clears Ottawa police officer after ARWEN was used in July incident

At about 12:30 p.m. on July 4, the Ottawa Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a person reporting a disturbance involving occupants of a residence. CityNews OttawaNov 1, 2022 8:00 PM  Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared an Ottawa police officer of any wrongdoing during in incident in July of this year when an ‘Anti-Riot Weapon […]


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SIU Investigating After Police Officer Discharges ARWEN in Omemee

Today´s Northumberland The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after an Ontario Provincial Police officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 19-year-old man in Omemee. Preliminary information suggests the following: At approximately 1 a.m. on July 5, 2022, police officers with the City of Kawartha Lakes detachment were dispatched to a residence on James […]

The need to incorporate a Variety of Options into Less Lethal Programs

It has long been understood that there is a genuine need for law enforcement to adopt less lethal approaches to accomplishing its mission of keeping the public safe.  As early as 1990 the United Nations had adopted General Provisions which stated that “governments and law enforcement agencies should develop a range of means as broad […]

Ontario watchdog clears VPD officers who fired riot weapons at Ottawa protesters

Simon Little – Global news Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared two Vancouver police officers of any wrongdoing after they fired “less lethal” firearms at demonstrators during the anti-COVID-19 mandate protests in Ottawa in February. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit opened the probe after the officers with the Vancouver Police Department’s emergency response team fired the Anti-riot […]

The Need for Less Lethal Training

According to the State of Policy in Law Enforcement 2018 Report, 80 percent of the 246 law enforcement professionals surveyed reported an increased need for training within their organization.[1]  This need for increased training comes at a time of intense public scrutiny of policing practices and widespread calls for reform in the way that officers […]

SIU clears OPP officer of any wrongdoing in subduing armed man

The Kingston Wig Standard Steph CrosierPublished May 04, 2022  •  Last updated May 04, 2022  •  2 minute read Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit has cleared an Ontario Provincial Police officer after they used ARWEN rounds to subdue a man wielding a rifle in Stone Mills earlier this year. Joseph Martino, director of the Special Investigations Unit, wrote in his […]

SIU investigating Sudbury officer’s discharge of an anti-riot weapon at suspect Man, 43, was allegedly seen holding a hatchet and was not seriously injured after an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield was deployed twice The province’s Special Investigations Unit is on the case after a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer shot a 43-year-old man with an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) on Thursday. While the man does not […]

Barrie officer cleared for using anti-riot weapon during standoff

Kim Phillips – Barrie Digital Producer A Barrie police officer under investigation for using an anti-riot weapon during a standoff last fall has been cleared of any criminal offences. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) invoked its mandate following the incident at a home on Innisfil Street on Nov. 25, 2021. The agency says officers went […]

Ottawa police use anti-riot weapons on convoy protesters, arrest 170 Ottawa police said Saturday evening that “mid-range impact weapons” were used on protesters “assaulting officers with weapons.” Police said in a tweet that the use of the “Anti Riot Weapon ENfield” (ARWEN) weapons were warranted to “stop the violent actions of the protesters.” “The ARWEN fires less-lethal munitions known as ‘baton round,’” Ottawa police […]