Prince Albert police deployed a Conducted Energy Device (CED), also known by the brand name Taser, while investigating a disturbance call on Friday.
Police attended to a residence in the 500 block of Sixth Street East at 6:39 p.m. after receiving a complaint of a disturbance. Upon their arrival, officers located an intoxicated 19-year-old woman in a highly emotional state.
The woman was in possession of a knife and was threatening herself as well as police. Numerous people, including young children, were present in the residence. Police said the officers were required to deploy the CED to prevent injuries to the woman, residents and officers.
The CED was effective and the woman was taken into custody without injury. Parkland Ambulance later transported her to Victoria Hospital, where she was assessed by a physician as per CED incident policy.
Police are not treating the incident as a criminal matter due to mental health issues being a suspected factor. Following the incident, the woman was provided access to a mental health physician.
The Saskatchewan Police Commission approved the use of CEDs by municipal police officers in January 2013.