Publisher's Commentary

In the shadow of the Creator


The recent Supreme Court ruling that Metis and non-status Indians are indeed "Indians" under the Canadian Constitution will mean either a serious rehabilitation or complete reconstruction of the Indian Act. Along with the government's heavy lifting I hope the ruling will renew interest in self determination of native policing needs.

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Blue Line Magazine June / July 2016 Subscribe

Policing North America's tourist Mecca


More than a million tourists and visitors regularly flood into the Niagara Region, more than doubling the area's year-round population of 427,000. Policing such a vast, varied and transient population presents some very unique challenges.

The Niagara Region lies on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area and covers approximately 1,850 square kilometers. There are 12 unique municipalities, with urban communities such as Niagara Falls and St. Catharines and rural areas such as Wainfleet and West Lincoln.

The region is bordered by Lake Ontario to the north, Lake Erie to the south and the Niagara River and New York State to the east. The region has approximately 161 kilometers of shoreline and 1,500 square kilometers of international water surrounding its borders.

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Military Police - 75 years and counting


With a strength of more 1,200, the Canadian Forces Military Police (CFMP) is one of the largest policing agencies in Canada.

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CASE LAW


PENILE SWABS OKAY AS INCIDENT TO ARREST

Manitoba's highest Court has upheld the taking of penile swabs as an incident to arrest for a sexual assault victim's DNA.

In R. v. Laporte, 2016 MBCA 36 the accused approached a 38-year-old woman waiting for a taxi in December 2007. He said he had a knife, told her to follow him into a building and hit and punched her, fracturing her nose and other facial bones. He then forced the woman to have sex with him.

Laporte was arrested shorty after this crime and police took penile swabs without his consent at the station without any physical objection. He was allowed to call his lawyer prior to the swabs being taken and was subsequently released from custody some 11 months later in November 2008.

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Police call for pill press crackdown


Jun 18 2016

VICTORIA - Police are treating the fentanyl crisis as if it's an outbreak of disease, says a Victoria police drug expert.

"Police departments are now working co-operatively like never before with paramedics, with firefighters, with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, with emergency-room physicians, with epidemiologists," Staff Sgt. Conor King said at a workshop this week teaching first responders how to handle the deadly narcotic and its victims safely.

"We're looking at this situation and responding to it in a way that we would deal with an outbreak of a disease. Law enforcement is working hand-in-hand with the medical community because so many citizens are dying so rapidly."

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