Publisher's Commentary

JUST WALK AWAY


A new suggested policy in Toronto (and nowhere else) will require police officers who wish to talk to citizens to first warn them that they are free to refuse and walk away.

It's clear that the people behind this measure live in a world artificially propped up by special interest groups, vocal pseudo-politicians, self proclaimed policing experts and a hungry media. It's not surprising to find a population that tolerates a crack smoking mayor also puts up with an over abundance of narrow interest people who command the ear of the media.

It would appear that only Toronto needs five levels of "watch dogs" barking at every move police make to ensure they do it right – and that doesn't include police supervisors because the police services board chair has no faith in their ability to do much of anything.

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SOLIDIFYING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS


The leadership legacy of OPP Sgt. Marty Roy Singleton can be summed up in one line: the guy you want in your corner when the chips are down.

Singleton became a police officer in 1999, serving initially as a constable with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service in Pickle Lake. He began with the OPP in northwestern Ontario in October 2000, serving as a general duty officer first in Ignace and later transferring to Dryden.

In his first year of service, Singleton was singled out for a commendation for outstanding service: while on patrol and working alone, he pulled an individual out of a burning home, saving their life, extinguished the fire and contained the area while waiting for assistance. His special regard for people and communities, especially youth needing positive role models and leadership skills, was already being noted.

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Reasonable suspicion standard is about possibilities


The reasonable suspicion standard which permits using a drug sniffing dog is about possibilities, not probabilities.

In R. v. Navales, 2014 ABCA 70 the accused arrived in Calgary on an overnight bus from Vancouver. A plain-clothes police officer with the "Operation Jetway" program, which targets drug trafficking and regularly monitors the bus route because Vancouver is a major drug supply hub, saw him disembark and enter the bus depot.

Navales headed to the exit, then changed direction to the washroom area, where police dogs were training. Noticing them he stopped, turned back toward the exit, then turned again and headed back the way he had come. A police dog crossed his path and he stopped and again turned toward the exit. The officer followed Navales outside and spoke to him, hoping he would agree to a luggage search.

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Stress taking toll on police


Apr 15 2014

MONTREAL - Jacques-Denis Simard knows first-hand how the stressful work of a police officer can sometimes lead to depression, addiction or suicide.

For more than 10 years, the retired Sûreté du Québec officer has headed up a specialized treatment centre in Quebec City that caters mostly to police officers, soldiers and paramedics.

Most years, counsellors at La Vigile treat about 50 police officers from across the province who seek help for a variety of personal problems, ranging from burnout to depression.

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