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Board announces next chief of Thunder Bay Police Service

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board has announced the selection of Darcy Fleury as the new Chief of Police for the Thunder Bay Police Service. Fleury has 36 years of experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and is currently the RCMP District Commander – Chief Superintendent, Central Alberta District based in Edmonton.


Two EPS officers killed in line of duty; one male suspect deceased

The Edmonton Police Service is mourning the deaths of two of its members, who were shot and killed while on duty in a west Edmonton apartment complex.


Deputy commissioner Mike Duheme becomes interim top Mountie as Lucki retires

The federal government says Mike Duheme will be the interim commissioner of the RCMP, until a replacement is found for Brenda Lucki. Lucki, who was appointed commissioner in April 2018, is retired as of Mar. 17.


Grande Prairie establishes municipal police commission

The Grande Prairie City Council has approved the Police Commission Bylaw, establishing an independent and arms-length oversight body for the Grande Prairie Municipal Police Service. A local police commission is required for municipal police services, as per the Alberta Police Act.


Final report into N.S. mass shooting to be up to 3,000 pages when released

The report is to be released on March 30 at an event in Truro, N.S., that will be webcast on the commission’s website. In an email, the inquiry said that while the report is still being finalized, it’s anticipated to be “between 2,000 to 3,000 pages,” and there will also be an executive summary with an overview.


 
 
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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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Making our roadways safer: What can a cop do?

As we approach Spring and warmer weather, we will start to see more pedestrians and cyclists out and about mixing in with the usual vehicular traffic we’re used to. Sunny days and snow-free roadways may cause some drivers to want to move quicker while they travel. As cops, one of our most important missions is to help maintain safe roadways so our customers can walk, bike and drive without getting injured, or worse. By Tom Wetzel and Denise DeBiase. » Read now
 
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Memory, recovered memory and false memory in sexual assault and homicide investigations: Part 1

At least three or four times a year, I am consulted by investigators who encounter an allegation of sexual assault(s) and/or murder(s), and the victim or witness only recently started to recall the events that led to their disclosure. There has been a great deal written over the past couple of decades about the phenomenon of the recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. By Peter Collins. » Read now
 
 
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Emergency Management: Are Your Prepared?

Recently, a group of emergency management professionals met to discuss everything from mental health in the profession to the lasting impacts of the pandemic to best practices and lessons learned in disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. Learn what these experts had to say! Sponsored by the Emergency Management Group and Base Camp Connect. » Learn more
 
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Blue Line, The Podcast: In conversation with OSCA President Sarah Kennedy

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by OSCA 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. » Listen now

 
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Implications of shooting through a windshield

By the very nature of police work, sometimes critical incidents occur in extremely short periods of time. Police officers can be confronted with potentially life-threatening dangers seemingly without warning and these threats can fully evolve within fractions of a second. These dangers can challenge police officers during all types of the work that they perform, and the research clearly shows that there is no duty that police officers engage in that is completely safe from the potential for a lethal confrontation. By Chris Butler. » Read now

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Officers and substance abuse

Being a law enforcement officer comes with a variety of risks. The world is changing and the escalating anger and violence—among other issues—provide an environment that is often difficult to navigate. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma and a myriad of other existing or forgotten mental health conditions can surface when a person is exhausted and overworked. Traditionally, police officers don’t seek counselling or admit to substance abuse problems because of stigmas that still surround those issues. This fear can lead to a host of mental health issues. By Dr. Jayasudha Gude. » Read now

 
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Canadian Police Ceremonial Training Course

Location: Aylmer, Ont.
Date: Apr. 24, 2023
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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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OACP & Blue Line Expo 2023

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: May 9, 2023
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