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RCMP ‘gutted’ by death of Cst. Rick O’Brien, 51, shot in B.C.: deputy commissioner

The death of another Mountie in British Columbia less than a year after the last killing “enrages” the lead officer in the province. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said Const. Rick O’Brien, 51, was shot dead and two other officers were injured on Friday as they tried to execute a search warrant in Coquitlam, B.C.

Insights from Canadian interoperability leaders: Shaping the future of public safety

On Oct. 11, experts and professionals from the emergency services sector will converge to participate in InterOp Canada, a virtual event focusing on enhancing interoperability between agencies. The free event will offer a platform for discussing key issues and exploring potential solutions for interoperability and incident response among police, fire, EMS and emergency management.

Woodstock police launch new investigative unit as calls for service increase

Woodstock’s police chief noted a 6.7 per cent increase in calls for service this year over last, including a 47 per cent spike in intimate-partner violence during his third-quarter report to council on Sept. 12.

Nova Scotia traffic stop led to huge cocaine seizure by U.S. Homeland unit

American and Canadian police displayed a table full of drugs and cash while describing how a traffic stop in Nova Scotia in May led to a major cocaine seizure in the U.S. a few months later.

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DEMCON 2023 at the International Centre - Toronto

The annual Ontario Disaster & Emergency Conference (DEMCON) embraces Ontario’s emergency management community where all can gather to share and learn from their experience. Delivering two full days of community networking featuring 30+ sessions with renowned speakers from across North America.

DEMCON offers keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and interviews that focus on lessons learned, new initiatives, and best practices on topics such as: Disaster Response & Recovery, Community Resilience and Climate Change. » REGISTER HERE

Leading the way: Dwayne Lakusta’s approach to building a police service

The thought of serving the community and making it a safer place was always appealing to Dwayne Lakusta, which is why he decided to become a police officer early on in his life. There were several reasons why he was drawn to the profession, which included the excitement it could bring and the variety of work that he would be exposed to. Now, he's going to be leading the brand new Grande Prairie Police Service. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now

A transformative justice model on Tsawwassen First Nation: From “traditional criminal justice” to “Indigenous community justice”

Overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system is an ongoing issue that has received significant attention, including investigation through various inquiries, commissions and mentions by the Supreme Court of Canada. Reconciliation efforts require that institutions do more than simply acknowledge or highlight Indigenous overrepresentation in the justice system. Stakeholders, organizations and levels of government must collectively work to develop pathways to resolution. By Neil Dubord and Jassie Ram (Padda). » Read now
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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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Blue Line, The Podcast: Bail reform – A conversation with CPS Chief Mark Neufeld

Earlier this year, the calls for bail reform were being made by both police leadership and province Premiers across Canada. Chief Mark Neufeld of the Calgary Police Service was among them, and has spoken up on this issue many times, hoping change will soon be made. In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder speaks with Chief Neufeld on this important topic, and what our next steps as a country might be in order to keep our communities safe. » Read More...


Policing and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Policing is evolving at a rapid pace and officers must stay updated on changes to legislation, technology and social issues to be proficient in their role. One of the critical health and social issues impacting society is prenatal alcohol exposure. By Peter Wigand. » Read now


A case for an integrated interdisciplinary approach

Given the complexity and dynamic nature of policing, it is highly unlikely that any one model, theory or approach will hold the answers we seek, but adopting an integrated interdisciplinary perspective will help ensure no stone is left unturned and no option is under-analyzed. By Lori Horne. » Read now


Police Religious Literacy Program

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: Oct. 3 - 5, 2023
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Security Police Fire Career Expo West

Location: Calgary, Alta.
Date: Oct. 24, 2023
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DEMCON – The Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: Oct. 24 - 25, 2023
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