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Jury finds Umar Zameer not guilty in death of Toronto police officer

Zameer had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Det. Const. Jeffrey Northrup, who died on July 2, 2021 after he was hit by a vehicle in an underground parking garage at Toronto City Hall. Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw was seen hugging Northrup’s widow after the verdict was announced. Northrup’s partner, Sgt. Lisa Forbes, was also by her side.

B.C. government sets November date for Surrey police handover

British Columbia’s government has set Nov. 29 as the date when the Surrey Police Service will take over from the RCMP as the city’s force of jurisdiction. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the date is a “major milestone” in Surrey’s multi-year police transition saga, which he said would take another two to 2 1/2 years to complete.

Grande Prairie Police Service holds official swearing in ceremony for first chief

On April 19, the new Grande Prairie Police Service (GPPS) welcomed their first police chief in an official swearing-in ceremony. Blue Line was in attendance for the city’s historic occasion.

Manitoba Government dedicating three mental health workers for first responders

The Manitoba government is stepping up to improve access to trauma-informed support services for first responders across the province, Premier Wab Kinew announced.

Ontario First Nation leaders call for disbandment of Thunder Bay police

First Nation leaders have renewed calls to dissolve the Thunder Bay police service as the former chief of the northern Ontario force faces criminal charges in a widening misconduct probe.

Sponsored Spotlight 

Belleville Police Service uses telematics to increase public trust

Officer safety, accountability and transparency are three crucial elements for effective policing. With Geotab’s powerful insights, a Canadian police department is enhancing each of these aspects of their operations. By knowing where their vehicles are and how they’re being used, they can respond quicker to incidents, reduce uncertainty and provide truly optimized service to the public.
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Paradigm shift or behaviour change? Making the right choice for long-lasting mental wellness

When considering the best fit for a therapist, it might feel a lot like dating. We might go online, search through various profiles, perhaps hear an amazing recommendation and dive in. Regardless of where the resources come from, if possible, we support the therapeutic process best when we connect with that therapist when we’re at our base level, rather than in an urgent situation. By Michelle Vincent. » Read now

Q&A: Judith Andersen

Editor Brittani Schroeder spoke with Judith Andersen, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, about her studies of the psychophysiology of performance and health among individuals in high-risk occupations. » Read now

Blue Line, The Podcast: Officer reintegration after trauma

Members of law enforcement face traumatic incidents quite often as they carry out their duties. But how can we support those members as they return to work? In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder is joined by Chief Mental Health Officer Derek Sienko and RCMP S/Sgt. Ray Savage to talk about the National Reintegration Program, how first responders return to work after traumatic incidents and the gap that exists between clinicians and employers. » Listen now

Annex Bookstore 

A User-Friendly Handbook for First Responders

Mental Health: Self-Care for First Responders, 2nd Edition is a user-friendly handbook on common mental health challenges for first responders and helping professionals doing front-line work. The handbook includes information about identifying symptoms of stress, understanding different kinds of mental health issues, and strategies for engaging in self-care and trauma recovery. Topics covered include PTSD, chronic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, suicide, resiliency, and more.

Written to address the need for ongoing emotional support for society’s front-line workers, this is an essential resource for first responders across Canada.
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Strategic solutions to combat auto theft

In a recent Blue Line webinar, Detectives Scott Cresswell (York Regional Police) and Greg O’Connor (Peel Regional Police) spoke about the rise of auto thefts in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada. » Read the recap and watch the webinar now


Mastering the art of trustworthy testimony: Twenty-six lessons for police officers

In this article, find 26 brief lessons for police officers, focused and dedicated to improving their ability to provide credible and reliable testimony. By Gilles Renaud. » Read now


Police Tech Conference & Expo

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: April 30 - May 1, 2024
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Northeast IAATI & CASIU 51st Annual Vehicle Crimes Conference

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: May 6 - 9, 2024
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo - Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Date: May 16, 2024
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