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Canada’s premiers set to meet with police chiefs over public safety risks

Canada’s premiers will meet with the association representing police chiefs this week over the concern of a recent spike in violence across the country. Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson, who chairs the Council of the Federation, says the premiers want to hear the views of the chiefs on public safety risks and threats, and their perspectives on the need for federal criminal law and justice reform.


City Of Grande Prairie announces process for new chief of police

The City of Grande Prairie is now receiving applications for the city’s new chief of the Grande Prairie Police Service (GPPS). The new chief of police will report directly to the Grande Prairie Police Commission and be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the newly established GPPS. The chief of police plays a critical role in the leadership of public safety initiatives within our community.


Quebec provincial police officer killed on duty remembered as mother, wife, protector

A Quebec provincial police officer who was killed while on duty was remembered Thursday as a mother, a daughter, a friend and as a policewoman who dedicated her career to keeping others safe. Thousands of officers and first responders from across North America gathered in Trois-Rivieres, Que., for the funeral of Sgt. Maureen Breau.


Nunavik police chief wants more tools for crisis intervention

The chief of the Nunavik Police Service says mobile crisis intervention services are needed in every community in the region due to the high number of mental health and alcohol-related calls officers are responding to. Larose made those comments in an interview Friday following a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where Gov. Gen. Mary Simon named him an officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.


Regimental funeral will be held Thursday for Alberta officer who died in crash

The RCMP say a regimental funeral will be held this week for one of its Alberta-based officers who died in a crash while heading to help another officer. The funeral for Const. Harvinder Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County detachment east of Edmonton, will be held Thursday morning at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, Alta., and will be preceded by a procession from Bethel Lutheran Church.


 
 
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Connecting vehicle services with 5G

There’s been a lot of hype recently surrounding 5G, and that attention continues to grow as 5G begins to roll out across the country. But why should emergency service agencies be paying attention? Here are some important considerations for making your fleet connections faster and more reliable. By Jason Falovo. » Read now
 
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Memory, recovered memory and false memory in sexual assault and homicide investigations: Part 2

Research has shown that certain individuals may be more susceptible to false memories, and they can be produced in a laboratory setting. The factors that make people more susceptible to imagination inflation are memory problems, difficulties with reality monitoring and the ability to produce vivid imagery. Individuals who are susceptible to false memories may have a “source monitoring deficit” – incorrect judgements about the origin or source of information. A false memory is highly dependent on the individual being able to create or retrieve misinformation. By Peter Collins. » Read now
 
 
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Public safety personnel and mental health with Dr. Jody Burnett

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by Dr. Jody Burnett, a Registered Doctoral Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists and a High Performance Consultant who has been providing service to the general public, specializing in service provision to first responders and public safety personnel for the past 20 years. In this conversation, they spoke about Dr. Burnett’s research on women in public safety and what mental health supports are out there for all public safety personnel. » Listen now

 
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Leading the way to better mental health

Policing is no different than other government organizations; in recent years, inquiries into the cultures of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Calgary Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Service, and the Durham Regional Police Service have all revealed work environments with defective leadership practices. While some have since committed to change, the question remains: just how harmful are toxic leaders and what can be done about them? By Matthew Wood. » Read now

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Firearm access by at-risk people

The overall contribution of people with serious mental illness to violent crimes is only about three to four per cent, and most individuals diagnosed with a serious mental health disorder are no more likely to commit an act of violence (with or without a firearm) than the general population. However, individuals with the most severe psychiatric diseases are at a heightened risk for violent behaviour when untreated for their symptoms. There is a crucial need for members of law enforcement to understand this relationship in order to prevent creating a more powerful stigma. Discussing mental illness openly works to reduce the unfair stigma by bringing the subject into the light. By Matthew H. Logan. » Read now

 
Events 
 

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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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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