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‘Broken system:’ Policing shortages facing N.B. communities highlight national issue

Some New Brunswick communities are being forced to find creative solutions to law enforcement because of RCMP policing shortages, a phenomenon experts say is symbolic of what much of small-town Canada is experiencing.


County of Brant Municipal law enforcement officers to implement body-worn cameras

Beginning May 2, 2023, County of Brant uniformed municipal law enforcement officers began wearing body-worn cameras. The purpose of this initiative is to increase transparency, accountability and to enhance public trust. “The County has six (6) cameras in service,” said Greg Bergeron, Manager of Enforcement and Regulatory Services. “We are excited to use this new technology."


Province says RCMP should leave Surrey, B.C., to local force for safety reasons

The British Columbia government is recommending the City of Surrey continue its transition to an independent police force in what is another rebuke of the RCMP’s ability to conduct local policing in Canada. The provincial government’s recommendation Friday to support the municipal Surrey Police Service comes despite the wishes of the Metro Vancouver city’s new mayor and council to revert to the RCMP.


Manitoba Government investing in enhanced bail, community supervision and electronic monitoring programs

The Manitoba government is enhancing programs for supervision and services to support bail and community-based sentences, while also launching a new electronic monitoring program for high-risk offenders released to the community, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced.


Awards recognize outstanding B.C. Sheriff Service members

One hundred B.C. sheriffs received the most prestigious national decoration for their profession this past weekend. The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal (POESM) recognizes peace officers who have more than 20 years of outstanding service in protecting the safety and security of the Canadian public.


 
 
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Safe, Intelligible, Two-Way Communication

Suitable for two-way communication for law enforcement facilities, the N-XC65-W IP Audio Window Intercom Kit offers a stylish, high performance option when speech is impaired by glass or other obstruction. Its single digital signal processor multi-channel acoustic technology effectively tunes out interference resulting in high voice intelligibility. The terminal is capable of identifying sound sources at the same time while suppressing environment noise and automatically adjusting sound volume. Staff will feel safer and have less anxiety. » Learn more
 
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Q&A: Sarah Kennedy

In a recent episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by Ontario Special Constable Association President Sarah Kennedy to talk about the changes the OSCA is advocating for in the new CSPA, and about the challenges special constables face while on duty. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now
 
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Implementing reintegration for first responders

Reintegration is a word commonly used as a component to assist a person in functioning at their best in their environment. The Oxford dictionary describes reintegration as, “the action or process of restoring elements regarded as disparate to unity”. This is an important to focus on in a first responder environment regime, and the opportunity for its infusion exists in every aspect of mental health care. By Michelle Vincent. » Read now
 
 
 
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New Edition

Communications and Report Writing for Law Enforcement Professionals, 6th Edition equips Canadian readers with the interpersonal, written, and reporting skills needed for a career in law enforcement and justice services. Learn how to obtain, file, and process information, and how to navigate specific scenarios that require effective communications to manage conflict.

With a greater focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this new 6th edition features more comprehensive coverage of law enforcement’s relationships with Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities. It also features an expanded discussion of technology and social media, additional “Apply Your Knowledge” scenarios, and a new chapter focusing on resumés, cover letters, and job interview tips. » Order your copy today!
 
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Strengthening city policing with technology

When it comes to preventing crimes and investigating them, law enforcement teams face tough pressure from the public, media and politicians. They are expected to react quickly to, respond to and resolve crimes, despite limited budgets and resources. It comes down to giving officers access to solutions, technology game changers and data gathering strategies that empower them and support every aspect of policing today. 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 ... » Read More...

 
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Preventing crime: Highlighting the Delta Police Department’s successful youth-focused programs

The role of a Canadian police officer encompasses a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, and one task that is of vital importance is crime prevention. When looking at how crime rates can be lowered in a community, agencies look at the community’s youth and make plans for how children and teens can be kept away from taking a dark path. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now

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Organized car thieves met head on

As auto thefts continue to rise across Ontario, more than 2,000 vehicles were stolen in York Region in 2021. This was a sharp increase from the 1,417 vehicles reported stolen in 2020 and the 1,384 reported in 2019. Both the volume of thefts and the sophistication of the criminals presented a challenge for the York Regional Police (YRP) Auto/Cargo Theft Unit. By Duncan MacIntyre. » Read now

 
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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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C.A.P.E. 2023 Conference

Location: Calgary, Alta.
Date: June 20 - 22, 2023
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