Tom Rataj

Tom Rataj

Charlottetown Coun. Bob Doiron must be feeling somewhat satisfied today. It took two years or more, but the city’s police department is now on a level playing field with other police forces across the province. Santa Claus delivered over the Christmas holidays.

A year ago Coun. Doiron went public about the need for city police to be armed with high-powered carbine rifles. He was getting frustrated. More than a year before he raised the issue at the Jan. 2016 council meeting, he was lobbying to have every police vehicle equipped with long-range rifles.

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/opinion/2017/1/11/editorial--city-police-ups-firepower---and-about-time.html
Banff police conducted a raid on Canna Clinic, a shop on Bear Street that was illegally selling marijuana over the counter.

The shop's nine employees were arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking and possession for the purposes of trafficking.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/01/11/banff-mounties-raid-illegal-pot-dispensary
The new head of the Calgary Police Association is planning to hold a news conference Wednesday to “provide a voice” on behalf of the city’s police officers.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-police-association-to-hold-news-conference-wednesday
Kofi Patrong, 32, wins right to sue the force for its alleged role in a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury.

Kofi Patrong can be forgiven for his distinct feeling of déjà vu.

For six years, he has been fighting for the right to sue the Toronto police service for its alleged role in a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a serious leg injury.

Through the years, his complex lawsuit has started, then stalled, in the courts.

In 2013, an Ontario court rejected his lawsuit. Two years and a revised lawsuit later, Patrong earned the right in court to proceed with his claim — a victory police then appealed.

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/01/11/gunshot-victim-gets-green-light-again-to-sue-toronto-police.html
A revised RCMP auxiliary police program is being introduced, that will, in some cases, allow the volunteer officers to resume general duty patrols and ride-alongs.

Their uniforms will be altered to underline their volunteer status.


http://www.langleytimes.com/news/410458875.html

Calls under surveillance related to bombing in Yellowknife that killed 9 people Senator Vernon White is defending the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's decision to listen to a journalist's phone conversations in 1992 in the aftermath of a deadly bomb attack in Yellowknife.

According to White, former assistant commissioner for information and identification with the RCMP, the phone-tapping was justified.

"It was a murder. Nine people were killed," he told Radio-Canada, highlighting the exceptional nature of the situation.

White was referring to the September 18, 1992 bombing at Giant Mine, in which over 40 kilograms of explosives 230 metres below ground killed nine men.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/rcmp-phone-tapping-bugging-1992-journalists-1.3931886

City of Toronto officials held a meeting on Monday, January 09, 2017 to discuss strategies to cope with an expected influx of Fentanyl in the city.

City and emergency services representatives met with harm-reduction advocates and others, as part of the "Toronto overdose surveillance & alert partnership", to discuss measures to prevent a Fentanyl fuelled tragedy similar to what has been witnessed in Vancouver.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/05/toronto-officials-launching-effort-to-protect-the-city-from-fentanyl-onslaught.html
VANCOUVER - Marilyn Sandford, the lawyer for John Nuttall, argued in provincial court that the crown is trying to use a peace bond as a second attempt to prosecute her client on alleged terrorism acts.

Nuttall and his common-law wife Amanda Korody were cleared of terrorism charges last year, when the trial judge ruled that the couple had been entrapped by the police in a sting operation.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/couple-entrapped-by-police-in-terror-plot-sting-don-t-need-peace-bond-defence-says-1.3229770 
Newly unsealed search warrants have revealed that a police investigation of a Montreal journalist last year was part of a wider investigation into allegations of a rogue cop. 

The investigation began in September 2015 when a confidential informant complained to his police handler about another police officer named Fayçal Djelidi. He alleged that the rogue cop frequented massage parlours, planted bags of heroin on suspects and wrote misleading police reports.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-journalists-phone-records-part-of-probe-into-alleged-rogue-cop-warrants-show/article33487070/
Groups in two Manitoba cities are looking into starting their own Bear Clan Patrol group as the movement spreads beyond Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.

James Favel, executive director of Winnipeg's Bear Clan, said he's been working fairly closely with community groups in Brandon since last summer to start a patrol group in the Wheat City after first being contacted last winter.

"They [Brandon] have very many things in common with the issues we're having here [in Winnipeg], just on a smaller scale," Favel told CBC News on Thursday. "Thankfully they have people there that are willing to deal with it."

Favel said the main drive to start a group in Brandon has been violence in the city. Four shootings occurred in the span of a month in the city of about 50,000 last fall. A string of sexual assaults in the downtown core was also reported in 2016.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bear-clan-brandon-manitoba-1.3923023 
Labour Code charges stem from response to shooting in 2014 that left three RCMP officers dead

MONCTON, N.B. — More than two months have been set aside for the trial of the RCMP on Labour Code charges stemming from the force’s response to a 2014 shooting rampage in New Brunswick that left three officers dead.

Defence lawyers declined comment Friday as they left a pre-trial conference in Moncton.

When the force entered pleas of not-guilty in May 2016, lawyer Mark Ertel said the pre-trial conference would be necessary to try to condense the hearings.

http://www.macleans.ca/news/rcmp-trial-set-for-labour-charges-in-moncton-shooting/
LONDON, Ont. -- Police say a tip from Australia has led to the rescue of a four-year-old alleged victim of child pornography in Ontario.

London, Ont., police say they were notified Wednesday by the Queensland Police Service that images of a young girl were being shared through a website located in Russia.

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/tip-from-australia-leads-police-to-rescue-child-porn-victim-4-in-ontario-1.3230632 
By: Colin Perkel - Canadian Press 

TORONTO — Women who were sexually harassed as RCMP employees will soon receive letters letting them know they are eligible for compensation if, as expected, a judge certifies a class action against the police force.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs and government told Federal Court on Monday that certification will allow a publicity blitz to reach the affected women and set the stage for final settlement of the lawsuit.

Many victims are fragile and would find it difficult to pursue individual claims, lawyer Won Kim told Judge Ann Marie McDonald.

http://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/7056973-judge-reserves-on-rcmp-class-action-sex-suit/
Check-out CITY-TV Toronto's coverage of the winner and first runner-up in our annual Best Dressed Police Vehicle contest.

Congratulations go to the Barrie Police Service for winning the overall title, and Orangeville Police Service for being the first runner-up. While not featured in this report, congratuatlons also go to the Estevan Police Service for the Community Relation category, GO Transit for the Law Enforcement Category and Winnipeg Police Service for the Special Service category.

Here is the CITY-TV report by Audra Brown: http://www.citynews.ca/video/2017/01/03/video-barrie-police-cruiser-voted-best-dressed-cruiser-in-canada/
There's a new street weapon surfacing in Saskatchewan which law enforcement members are hoping is not the start of a trend.

In the past month, three homemade stun guns have been seized in separate incidents in the province.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/stun-guns-saskatchewan-1.3920284 
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