Course Catalogue

Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training (British Columbia)

Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training (British Columbia)

This course has been developed specifically for officers in British Columbia and is consistent with the BC Provincial Policing Standards. Access for other interested parties will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact CPKN's Support Desk for details.

Conducted energy weapons are a widely used by law enforcement to gain control of subjects in potentially violent situations. However, the use of CEWs is not without risk. The 2007 tragedy involving Robert Dziekanski precipitated a comprehensive examination of the use of CEWs. As a result of that review, the Braidwood Inquiry made numerous recommendations for the appropriate use of CEWs in the province of BC, including the implementation of Standards relating to CEW operator training.

Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training is designed to ensure police officers can safely use a CEW and can articulate the legal, technical, medical, and accountability requirements for use of a CEW. The content of this course is consistent with the BC Provincial Policing Standards and is mandatory for all police officers who operate CEWs that province .

Classroom Component for BC Officers

This is a blended course offering. To receive CEW Operator Certification in the province of BC, police officers to successfully complete the online pre-requisite Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training course, or another provincially-approved CEW operator training course, as well as a practical hands-on component and final assessment (to be scheduled by the officer’s police agency).

The face-to-face component of the BC CEW course will take approximately 7 hours to complete based on a class size of less than 15. Larger classes may require more time to complete the reality based scenarios.

A comprehensive Instructor’s Guide is available to ensure that the face-to-face session covers the same material and meets the same standard in every agency. The guide will help prepare the instructor for the session and include access to all training aids, a participant handouts and assessment materials. Access to the Instructor Guide can be arranged by contacting CPKN.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for the implementation of the BC Provincial Policing Standards pertaining to CEWs.
  • Explain the CEW operator certification and recertification requirements.
  • Explain the CEW online course assessment.
  • Describe a CEW.
  • Compare and contrast pain compliance and neuromuscular incapacitation.
  • Describe the three modes of CEW use.
  • Identify the approved CEWs in BC.
  • Explain the National Use of Force Framework/Incident Management Intervention Model.
  • Describe response options.
  • Apply response options in practical terms.
  • Explain the bodily harm threshold for CEW use.
  • Apply the new bodily harm threshold in practical terms.
  • Explain some of the federal statutes pertaining to use-of-force - Criminal Code (CC).
  • Explain the BC Police Act.
  • Identify your police agency operational policy.
  • Explain civil liability.
  • Explain public accountability - professional reputation.
  • Define key terms.
  • Explain and apply the BC Provincial Policing Standards - CEW Threshold and Circumstances of Use.
  • Identify the CEW components.
  • Explain Preferred Target Zones.
  • Explain how to handle CEW cartridges (loading and unloading).
  • Describe the potential physiological effects/injuries.
  • Explain the role of the automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
  • Explain medically high-risk CEW discharge.
  • Define emotionally disturbed persons.
  • Explain the medical considerations if physiological effects/injuries occur.
  • Define key words regarding CEW incidents.
  • Explain the BC Provincial Policing Standards - Use-of-Force Reporting and Data Collection Standards.
  • Explain the Subject Behaviour Officer Response Reporting.
  • Explain the BC Provincial Policing Standards - Internal Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Controls and Monitoring.
  • Explain CEW Operator documentation and downloading responsibilities.
  • Identify additional requirements for CEW Operator certification.

Pre-requisite

Officers seeking certification in British Columbia must successfully complete the BC Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) training, or another similar provincially-approved course, prior to taking the Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training course.

Target Audience

This course is mandatory training for all police officers who operate CEWs in the province of British Columbia.

Content Provider

Led by the BC Ministry of Justice, Police Services Division, the content for this course was provided by a working group comprised of selected independent municipal police and RCMP use-of-force subject matter experts.


Price: $25.00 / Free to BC Police Officers

Content Provider: BC Ministry of Justice

Language: English

Length: 3 hours


Release Date: 2011-12-19