Renée Francoeur

Renée Francoeur

As is tradition, SP&T News is once again cracking open the year ahead and shining the light on upcoming trends in the industry. This time we pegged a number of experts in the field to see which directions CCTV, drones, cyber security, smart cities and the integration services business are all headed. If we can be certain of anything, analytics, cyber threats and hardware price erosion are all here to stay.
John Slater, CEO of Commissionaires Northern Alberta, says, if he could, he’d have an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, in the back of each of his patrol trucks in the future.
Colin MacLeod spent over 20 years in the RCMP as a pilot, flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters on nail-biting missions through Newfoundland snow, the peaks and saddles of the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Also a former Edmonton Police officer, MacLeod shares his stories from the cockpit at a time when policing by air was still quite the novelty.
By the time this reaches your mailbox, the Senate will have cast its final vote to usher in Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act. And my guess is we all draw in a sharp breath yet again.
Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Humber College joined together on May 10, 2018, to release the results of the Neighbourhood Policing Program (NPP) research project, revealing that relationship building between the police and the community is truly working.
It's here! Blue Line's first-ever Drone Week has begun!
When Velvet Steele, a well-known transgender and human rights activist, first met Vancouver Police Const. Dale Quiring, she was cautious.
A new award has been born at Blue Line, which will be making its debut at Blue Line Expo 2018.
On May 3, Blue Line hosted its annual Blue Line Expo, Canada’s premier event for the law enforcement community, at the International Centre in Mississauga.
I am proud to bring you our annual Blue Line Expo Show Guide in this month’s issue. On May 3, we have a jam-packed day planned for the Canadian law enforcement community, including an exclusive new workshop on building resiliency with Dr. Stephanie Conn of First Responder Psychology. 
Staff Sgt. Giles Blinn is retiring from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Fredericton, N.B., after 31 years.
Blue Line was at Toronto Police headquarters on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018, to hear an update on Const. Ken Lam, the Toronto Police traffic officer who peacefully arrested the accused in Monday's horrific van attack in North York. Ten people were killed and 14 others were injured.
“Impressive” is the word Satyamoorthy Kabilan uses when he describes the officer who arrested the suspect in a van attack that saw 10 killed and 14 others injured — without firing his weapon.
Chief Julia Cecchetto began her role as head of Kentville Police Service last October, after 27 years with Halifax Regional Police. As the first female police chief in all of Nova Scotia, she shares what it’s like to carry that torch.
When people mentioned “meditation” to me in the past, I thought of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love book and the far-away ashram she attended where schedules were strict, the silences long and the mental work intense.
Insp. Vanessa Leslie has been promoted to detachment commander of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division (HSD) - Toronto Detachment. The move makes her the first Black female inspector in the OPP. She has been a member of the OPP since 1994.
As I sit down to write this (late February), a flood warning for my hometown (St. Marys, Ont.) has just been lifted and the residents of Brantford, Ont., who were evacuated due to the mid-February inundation, have been allowed to return home. My personal social media feeds have been teeming with videos and photos showing the dangerously high Thames River.
Congratulations to all the winners of Blue Line’s Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards, which showcases innovative, sustainable and effective designs. We look for clear identification, graphic designs that enhance visibility, design elements that show directionality of travel and effective integration of equipment and controls. Thank you to everyone who submitted and stay tuned for 2019’s call for submissions.
I’ve been watching Stranger Things and the German science fiction/horror series Dark on Netflix over the past few months and thoroughly enjoying whenever one of the retro police cars or trucks whizzes (or putts, as with that circa 1953 fir green Volkswagen police beetle in Dark) across the screen.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has mandated that all 911 service providers update their 911 networks, including equipment, systems, databases, etc., to align with the NENA i3 architecture specification for Next Generation 911 services — based on IP technology — by June 30, 2020, and NextGen 911 Text Messaging (based on real-time text) by Dec. 31, 2020.
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