BlueLine Grid, a developer of critical communications technology, has announced the “Grid bot” for Cisco’s Spark platform. The new technology is a connector which links all other communication channels – such as SMS, email, Skype, Slack, and mass conference calling – all from within Cisco’s Spark collaboration platform, according to the company.
First Tactical’s Defender Series maintains the professional look needed when on normal patrol but also boasts specialized pockets for oversized gear, a specialized yoke to eliminate unwanted bulk, and oversized sleeve pockets that can accept patches or embroidery.  
Netherlands-based X-Systems says it has developed a body camera product based on an already familiar device, the PTT device. Training is not needed to operate and they are compatible with all major PTT manufacturers, the company announced.
CrimeCenter Software recently revealed a new case management system developed specifically for law enforcement officers to “simplify and streamline” information collected from investigations into “easily accessible chunks of data”. The software was designed by several former law enforcement officers, according to the company, and contains over 200 standard reports that are customizable to fit the specific needs of any agency or police department.
Total Recall Corp., a Convergint Technologies company, has released its “most technologically advanced” CrimeEye unit yet, the CrimeEye-RD-2 with a 180-degree camera option. This new unit provides for expansive panoramic views and even more robust lighting features, according to the company.
BRS Innovations and Mistral Security are introducing what they call “the first field drug test kit designed to detect fentanyl,” which is now available for pre-order. The test kit comes in the form of a Presumptive Drug Test (PDT), an ampoule based colourimetric reagent, designed for use by law enforcement, agencies and professionals. It contains multiple ampoules, spatula, and instructions.
Antonio Sergi, who was shot dead in his Toronto driveway last week, was deeply involved in the medical marijuana industry, including a province-wide bid to unionize growers and the shady operation of an urban pot farm, the National Post has learned.
2FA allows officers to use their mobile devices to authenticate with the police department’s database, while UEM gives IT total control over the department’s mobile fleet, all from a single screen.
PPSS introduces their new bullet resistant vest that offers protection again full-contact shots and TASER probes. The new vests meet NIJ Std 0101.06 Level IIIA standards, and have passed both the German Police and FBI Body Armour Test Protocol. Offering protection from Tokarev Ball 7.62 x 25mm and Makarov 9 x 18mm, handgun rounds, the hybrid ballistic resistant package uses a new highly advanced ultra-resilient European ballistic material that provides better user comfort, improved flexibility and substantially reduced Back-Face Deformation (BFD). 
The Taker B50 is FoxFury’s most powerful aftermarket ballistic shield light, featuring CREE LED technology with 1,000 lumens of light and 5-10 hours of runtime. The Taker B50 is controlled by a single programmable (Quick - on/off or Strategic - Temporary, Turbo Strobe or Solid-On) pressure switch for more versatility. Powered by three or six CR123 batteries, the Taker B50 is a durable ballistic shield light which can be attached to any ballistic shield using Velcro® Industrial Strength Fasteners.
MPH Industries introduces the new BEE III directional speed radar, now available in a more affordable K-band version. It is the most compact radar available, featuring larger easier-to-read LED characters in the smallest detachable display for more mounting options and versatility. The slim K-band patch antennas take up less horizontal space so they provide discrete mounting options. Special features include patented Automatic Same Direction (ASD) technology for better accuracy in a wider range of situations.
Scotch Brand Extreme Fasteners, using 3M Dual Lock Technology have three times the holder power of Velcro® Industrial Strength Fasteners. Scotch Extreme Fasteners click together to securely hold heavy items under conditions where Velcro fasteners may separate. They resist wear and tear and withstand even the harshest conditions once locked together. Rated up to 4.5kg (10 lbs).
Interviewing and Investigation, Third Edition by Kerry Watkins; 2017; 252 pagesISBN: 978-1-77255-064-1
“Big Data” has multiple personal definitions for people across many spectrums. As investigators, whether frontline uniform officers or secondary investigative units, the proper collection, analysis, interpretation and sharing of this information is becoming more critical in all investigations.
A three-member panel of Ontario’s Divisional Court has found police conduct amounted to racial profiling and it nearly tripled the damages that had been awarded at trial.
Ontario’s top court has thrown out a marijuana grow-op that police found in a man’s home after they entered it to check on his parenting.
After reading this issue’s cover story, The passion to serve, a profile about the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), I immediately remembered the time I attended a change management workshop delivered by Peter de Jager.
Recently, I had the opportunity to provide a safety presentation to a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors. The program was geared towards crime prevention, which is ironic as these gentle souls had been victims of some of the worst crimes against humanity this world has ever seen.
Sugar is a beloved natural ingredient, deep-rooted in our diet for thousands of years. It is adored for providing an immediate boost of energy along with instant gratification.
If we put some thought into what we do on a day-to-day basis as first responders, call takers and dispatchers, dealing with the unknown, the challenging and the horrific, it would be unreasonable to think that we can move forward without some form of mental health care. That might come in the form of self-care, such as meditation, exercise or it might come in the form of some type of therapy, like psychotherapy, psychologist appointments and/or group sessions.
I was reviewing the details of a training program about interactions with people with mental illnesses recently, and I noted that the prescribed course devoted a whole lot of time to addressing people’s attitudes toward mental illness.
A Saskatchewan judge has thrown out a two-foot-long machete as evidence because a police officer failed to articulate the need for a safety search.
Exigent circumstances are more about urgency than about police convenience,’ Canada’s top court has said. In R. v. Paterson, 2017 SCC 15, the police responded to a dropped 911 call from a cellphone. A woman was crying and apparently injured. The cellphone belonged to the caller’s mother and she was contacted. The mother told police that she thought her daughter was with her boyfriend, Paterson, who lived in a nearby apartment. The mother also said he had a shotgun. The police went to the apartment building and learned that the daughter had been transported by ambulance to the hospital with unknown injuries. The police knocked several times at Paterson’s apartment and announced “police,” and the door was eventually opened.
Walk the Talk provides readers with a thorough and well-structured guide on how to build an effective, complete and credible peer support program for first-responder organizations. It uses 17 evidence-based modules that follow guidelines from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, supported and endorsed by the Mood Disorder Society of Canada.

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