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‘At a crossroad’: Canada’s police chiefs request urgent meeting with premiers

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is requesting an urgent meeting with Canada’s premiers to discuss bail reform and the recent killings of officers. In a letter to Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson, association president Danny Smyth says there has been a link in the rise of violence by people released on bail since changes in legislation were brought in four years ago.

Nova Scotia mass shooting inquiry identifies many RCMP failings, recommends overhaul

A public inquiry has found widespread failures in how the Mounties responded to Canada’s worst mass shooting and recommends that Ottawa rethink the RCMP’s central role in Canadian policing.

First Nations police services say Ottawa’s underfunding amounts to discrimination

The association representing all 36 stand-alone First Nations police services in Canada is backing a human rights complaint alleging Ottawa’s “deliberate” underfunding of policing in their communities amounts to discrimination.

Solicitor general says Ontario policing law should be enacted ‘as soon as possible’

Ontario has not yet put a four-year-old policing law overhaul into effect, which includes allowing officers to be suspended without pay more often, but the solicitor general said Monday he’s directing it be done “as soon as possible.”

‘More needs to be done:’ Police say Indigenous woman’s body found in landfill

The Winnipeg police homicide unit is investigating the death of a First Nations woman as suspicious after her body was found in a city landfill. Police say the remains of Linda Mary Beardy, 33, were found Monday afternoon by staff at the Brady landfill in south Winnipeg and notified police.


Crime and Intelligence Analysis in Canada: An Introduction

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the twin fields of crime analysis and intelligence analysis from a Canadian perspective.
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Strengthening relationships with a diverse community

Anik Dennie didn’t always know she wanted to be a police officer. In fact, when she left high school, she followed the path of academia, first earning her bachelor’s degree in health promotion, then her master’s in human kinetics, where she learned a lot about the preventative aspects of health. Near the end of her undergraduate studies, Dennie started volunteering with the Greater Sudbury Police Service’s (GSPS) diversity and inclusion committee as a community member. “I had never really thought about a career in policing before this,” she says. Read more about Blue Line's 2023 Rookie of the Year winner now. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now

Q&A: Gary Dreibergs

Over the last few years, countries around the world were tasked with keeping their communities safe during the global pandemic. These efforts included using police agencies to help enforce bylaws that were newly created to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Recently, Blue Line was able to speak with Gary Dreibergs, former Deputy Commissioner of Western Australia (WA) Police, about their police-led responses to COVID-19. By Brittani Schroeder. » Read now

Blue Line, The Podcast: Public safety personnel and mental health with Dr. Jody Burnett

Public safety personnel (PSP) face traumatic, challenging experiences on a day-to-day basis that can be extremely damaging to their mental health. Unfortunately, women—and specifically those who are PSP—are not getting the mental health support they need and often find it difficult to find a solution that works for their lifestyle and work environment. In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by Dr. Jody Burnett to talk 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


Improving service delivery for those on the spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is topical these days, and rightfully so. ASD prevalence is rising exponentially globally. Researchers wrestle with explaining this uptick, and most suggestions oscillate between 1) environmental and cultural influences and 2) expanding diagnostic criteria, earlier age at diagnosis, and increased awareness of ASD. Here in the Great White North, the National ASD Monitoring System indicates that one in 66 children are autistic. Interestingly, males are four times more likely than females to be diagnosed with ASD. By Thomas Leydier. » Read now


Training for organizational culture change

We are all too aware of organizational stressors and their impact on the mental health of our sworn and civilian members. Organizational stressors contribute significantly to organizational culture, its toxicity and liability. A toxic organizational culture may elicit bullying and other forms of harassment, and whether intentional or unintentional, the impact of this toxicity may lead to mental health issues and, worst case, suicide. By Michelle Vincent. » Read now


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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