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Vancouver police promise upgrades to psychological testing following inquest

The pledges are in a report detailing how the department says it plans to implement eight recommendations from an inquest into the suicide death of Vancouver Const. Nicole Chan in 2019.


Ontario eliminating post secondary education requirement to become police officers

Ontario will eliminate the post-secondary education requirement to become a police officer, expand enrolment for its basic training program and axe tuition fees at the Ontario Police College, the premier said Tuesday.


Creation of the Fugitive Apprehension Sheriffs Support Team to bring criminals to justice

As crime continues to rise across Canada, Alberta’s government is taking action to apprehend criminals in the province before they can reoffend. Budget 2023 will invest $2 million into the FASST (Fugitive Apprehension Sheriffs Support Team) program.


Premiers united in call for bail reform after meeting with police chiefs, says Eby

British Columbia Premier David Eby says the premiers met Friday with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, where the importance of encouraging the federal government and provincial and municipal leaders to build safe communities was highlighted.


Province expands police and crisis team in Regina and Saskatoon

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $468,800 in the 2023-24 Budget to the Saskatoon Police Service and Regina Police Service to expand the Police and Crisis Team (PACT) program in the communities.


 
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Promote and maintain communities that are happy, healthy, and safe

Creating sustainably safe neighbourhoods is something even the most effective and efficient police services can’t do alone. This new second edition of Transforming Community Policing demonstrates how police can empower community actors to address complex social issues in a way that fosters community growth and development, minimizing the need for police-led emergency response.

By reviewing theories and philosophies of community policing and translating them into practical strategies, this text will teach readers to recognize social risk factors, foster community development, identify crime trends, and confront today’s challenges to community policing.

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Arrestee must invoke right to counsel before implementational duty is triggered

In two recent drug cases, appeal courts in Ontario and Nova Scotia were tasked with deciding whether a trial judge erred in finding an arrestee’s response to a s. 10(b) Charter advisement did not require the police to facilitate contact with a lawyer. Read this month's Case Law column by Mike Novakowski. » Read now
 
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Strengthening relationships with a diverse community

Anik Dennie didn’t always know she wanted to be a police officer. In fact, when she left high school, she followed the path of academia, first earning her bachelor’s degree in health promotion, then her master’s in human kinetics, where she learned a lot about the preventative aspects of health. Near the end of her undergraduate studies, Dennie started volunteering with the Greater Sudbury Police Service’s (GSPS) diversity and inclusion committee as a community member. “I had never really thought about a career in policing before this,” she said. Read more about Blue Line's 2023 Rookie of the Year. » Read now
 
 
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Strengthening city policing with technology

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by Sophie Laplante, an expert in surveillance solutions for cities and first responders, from Axis Communications. The conversation focuses on aspects of city policing that can be strengthened by technology and intelligent analytics. » Listen now

 
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De-escalation and managing heightened emotions

Traditionally, police training primarily focuses on gaining compliance from a person, while ensuring the safety of all involved. The goal of the process is ‘subject compliance’. Once safety is established, the need to achieve compliance is placed first in the process of de-escalation and the management of emotional escalation. With the focus of the interaction on achieving this goal, the personal or human needs of the person would be placed further down the line. Officers can convey options, speak to consequences of non-compliance and deliver education regarding the rules and laws surrounding the issue. By Steven Poplawski. » Read now

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Policing cybercrime: Serving communities in a digital age

Cybercrime rates are on the rise in Canada and the threats are becoming more sophisticated. While Canadian crime statistics are typically combined with U.S. numbers, it is important to note that Canada deals with its own unique cyber landscape. The 2020 Cyberthreat Defense Report stated that 78 per cent of Canadian organizations experienced at least one cyber-attack within a 12-month period, compared to the 71 per cent that was experienced in 2019. Over 42 per cent of Canadians experienced at least one type of cyber security incident since the beginning of the pandemic, including phishing attacks, malware and fraud. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now

 
Events 
 

14th Annual Law of Policing Conference, Eastern Edition

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 3 - 4, 2023
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Police Religious Literacy Program

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 3 - 5, 2023
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25th Annual Chief of Police Dinner

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 4, 2023
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OACP & Blue Line Expo 2023

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: May 9, 2023
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Rampart Range Day & Expo 2023

Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: May 30, 2023
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