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Policing is a dynamic field that continually evolves to meet the needs of society. Over the years, traditional methods of law enforcement have been refined and innovative approaches have emerged to enhance community engagement and safety. At Blue Line, we have seen the rapid transformation within Canadian law enforcement over the last few years, from the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to the implementation of community-oriented policing strategies. This ongoing evolution reflects a commitment to serving communities effectively while adapting to the shifting landscape of public safety challenges.

In this month’s cover story, editor Brittani Schroeder asked Peel Regional Police (PRP) Chief Nishan Duraiappah which new technologies have made the biggest impact on policing operations over the last few years. Duraiappah has been PRP’s Chief since October 2019 but has been a member of law enforcement since 1995. Now having served for almost three decades, he has seen police services progress from having only one computer that could send emails, to having the ability to track where each officer is at any given time throughout their shift. During the conversation, Duraiappah shared what he thinks have been some of the most valuable pieces of technology brought into law enforcement over the last few years that he has served as chief, which included Next Generation 9-1-1, body-worn cameras, licence plate readers and artificial intelligence, among others.

Also in this issue, you’ll find a feature story on strategies for modernizing patrol operations, written by Vancouver Police Department’s Ryan Prox on page 12, a look at policing in the digital era, written by Det. Andrew Critchley on page 20, and research on how ground penetrating radar and geoforensics can aid in criminal investigations, on page 26.

Finally, you can read up on the hidden dangers of prone restraint and positional asphyxia in custody deaths on page 22, and strategies for continuous improvement in defensive tactics instruction on page 18.

You will find all this and more in the May/June 2024 edition of Blue Line.

Until next time, happy reading and be well.