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).
Although a co-resident cannot waive the constitutional rights of another, living with someone else can impact the expectations of privacy and may allow for valid consent to enter by one of the occupants.
In R. v. Pearson, 2017 ONCA 389, a man was killed after being shot in the back with a shotgun. The following day a police officer stopped Damian Pearson driving his car, concerned about impaired driving, given the manner in which the car was being operated. When he approached the driver’s side of the car, the officer noticed unusual redness in Pearson’s eyes. His pupils were dilated and the officer smelled burnt marijuana. Pearson was slow in retrieving his papers and failed field sobriety tests. The officer arrested Pearson for impaired driving and he searched the vehicle, seizing two shotgun shells in a knapsack in the trunk.
Canadian first responder Natalie Harris has penned a raw and honest memoir of her mental health journey. And unlike the Netflix sensation “13 Reasons Why,” Save-My-Life School is anything but the romanticized fictional series.
If you were to ask one out of every 10 Torontonians what a special constable is, I’m sure the answer would sound along the lines of: “I have no idea,” or, “The police?”
The concept of relationships coupled with technology for “success and safety” has somewhat taken hold in the law enforcement community this year.
Law enforcement officers can be seen as occupational athletes and also “chameleons of a wide range of professions” as they are constantly adapting to operational demand and performing a variety of physically demanding tasks. Sports experts widely recognize specific proficiency training designed for specific proficiency outcomes achieves optimal sport-specific results. This same theory holds true for law enforcement.
When we hear the word “court,” as police officers, what comes to mind? Evidence, defence lawyers, notes, the stand, the stress of presenting, responsibility, anxiety, frustration, final accountability… There is a myriad of words that come rushing in. Yet once the case is over and the anxiety and other emotions we experience that cause us stress are through, what happens to us from the human element?
A few years back, in the dead of winter, I decided I might be coming down with the plague and decided to visit my local after-hours clinic.
It never fails to astound me how valuable a face-to-face moment can be in these digital times. This is something I rediscovered (and for the first time from a law enforcement angle) at the 112th Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) conference, held earlier this summer in Montreal, where the theme was about policing in a digital society.
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.

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