On January 21, 2013, the Saskatchewan Police Commission approved the use of Conducted Energy Weapons – commonly referred to by the brand name “tasers” – by municipal police. This announcement followed an extensive multi-year review inspired in part by concerns around the taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver Airport in 2007. Any municipal police force wishing to issue tasers to its members must still have its policies approved by the Commission before the device can be deployed. Up until this point, only tactical units and RCMP officers in the province were authorized to use tasers.
International human rights standards for the use of force and firearms by law enforcement support the principle that the minimum force necessary should be used to safely resolve any situation.