Tom Rataj

Tom Rataj

The annual Blue Line EXPO 2017 Conference and Trade Show is coming up on Tuesday, May 02, 2017.
The annual Police Leadership Award program is in full swing, with the deadline for submissions coming up next week. Don't miss your opportunity to nominate a leader in your organisation for this prestigious award.
More integrated training planned for coming months with RCMP, Charlottetown, Summerside and Kensington Police. 
The mother of a six-year-old girls says she’s devastated that her daughter was handcuffed by two Peel police officers inside her school. The force is defending itself indicating that it was done to protect the child from harming herself or others. 
The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) held a press conference on Monday afternoon to address safety concerns following the tragic shooting in Quebec City on Sunday, Jan. 29. Chief Clive Weighill wants to assure those of Muslim faith in the city that they are supported and safe in the wake of a fatal shooting in Quebec.
A man accused of bearing "personal significant responsibility for hundreds of fentanyl-detected deaths in British Columbia" has been given 14 years in prison, in the first major fentanyl-related sentencing in British Columbia since the opioid crisis began
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's officers union is calling for an independent, civilian-led oversight of police in the province, ending the long standing practice of other police agencies investigating officer from other police agencies.
On Sunday, January 29, 2017, a complaint was received by police about red paint which had been sprayed onto the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) memorial and the Moncton Police Force memorial. Investigations are ongoing.
Nearly a 1,000 people died last year from overdoses in B.C. and many of those deaths are suspected to have been caused by fentanyl, a game-changing opioid that's a 100 times more potent than heroin.
Winnipeg Police Association is concerned city's new traffic app could put officers at risk because it allows locations of unmarked police vehicles to be posted by users.
After just 3 weeks, the Windsor Police Service is already seeing financial benefits from moving to 12-hours shifts, which should save $500,000 in overtime costs this year.

Operations went from five platoons to four, and officers are generally all going home on time.
The Police Associations of Ontario (PAO) has recognized constable James Giovannetti as the recipient of its prestigious John Walker Award. The award serves to recognize police association members whose actions exemplify leadership, devotion and sacrifice in the face of adversity.
Driver inattention, speed, alcohol and/or drugs, and lack of occupant restraint were major factors in most fatalities in 2016.

Preliminary numbers released by the OPP include 276 fatal motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) on OPP-patrolled roads resulting in 309 people killed. By comparison, there were 262 fatal MVCs in 2015, killing 301 people. 
Two men convicted of attacking an RCMP officer near Pritchard BC in 2014 have been sentenced to house arrest and other conditions. No explanation has been reported in the news.
A woman in Brampton had been charged with public mischief in relation to a kidnapping she allegedly reported earlier this month. An Amber Alert was issued as a result of her report. Further investigation by Peel Regional Police lead to the charges.
As much as the arrests of 185 people over a three-month period may be impressive, that figure isn’t the only good thing to come of a Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) anti-violence strategy launched last fall.
'There is no quality control,' police caution after drugs seized in Regina found to contain fentanyl

"Drug dealers don't care about the well-being of their customers," police added. "The customer never knows what they're getting."

RCMP and the Regina Police Service issued the warning after tests revealed that heroin that had been seized recently also contained fentanyl.

On Jan. 5 they arrested Three 19 year old men were arrested January 5th, in a joint operation that led officers to two homes in Regina. They were charged with drug trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.
The Toronto Police Service released the final report from their Transformational Task Force on January 26th, 2017. The report is the culmination of a year of work by sworn and civilian members of the service examining how to modernize service delivery.

“We’re looking at being innovative, being sustainable, being affordable but, more importantly, the right model for policing today’s environment.” Chief Saunders said. "We’ve made changes over the years but this is exponential. This is starting from a blank page and looking at today’s needs.”

The report examines every business process and proposes alternatives to improve service delivery without relying on additional staffing and other traditional solutions.
“Halifax Regional Police along with various other agencies across Canada are partnering with Public Safety Canada to test two roadside devices to detect the presence of any illegal substance,” Halifax Const. Fraser said.
Internal reports detail critical IT failures at the RCMP. Poor services and mistakes at Shared Services Canada are causing issues that jeopardize police work and the safety of officers and the public.

"We cannot continue to operate like this," Lois Karr, manager of the operational communications centre for the RCMP in B.C., wrote in February 2016.
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