Less lethal case study: Halton, Ontario Tactical Response Unit

Successfully engaging potentially deadly persons affected by mental illness is one of the most challenging situations law enforcement officers face today-and one of the driving forces behind the procurement, training, and deployment of less lethal technology. The primary mission objective in these cases is generally geared toward deescalating a scenario involving an armed, non-assaultive, non-compliant subject through: 

• Determining contingency plans based on the facts presented, and setting them in motion
• Ensuring recognition of and adherence to pre-established safety priorities
• Managing officer created jeopardy
• Deployment of the appropriate tools and tactics
• Disarming the subject involved
• Transporting the subject to a treatment facility

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