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Policing leaders gather in Ottawa for annual CACP Summit and Trade Show

From August 20 to 22, the 118th Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Summit and Trade Show gathered policing leaders and vendors from across the country in the beautiful city of Ottawa. The trade show floor featured over 150 booths and 300 exhibitors, and the event saw a total of 486 attendees. Blue Line was among the exhibitors present, and so many great conversations were had with each person we encountered.


Tsuut’ina police chief hopeful mandate creates equitable change in Indigenous policing

Tsuut’ina Nation’s police chief has a hunch but wants to know why the three self-administered Indigenous police services in Alberta have never had lethal force encounters, despite Indigenous communities experiencing higher crime rates.


Moscow helping cybercriminals operate with ‘near impunity’: Canadian Cyber Centre

Russian intelligence services and police will help cybercriminals operate with “near impunity” against their targets – including Canadians – in coming months, a new federal report predicts. The assessment released Monday says Russia, and to a lesser extent Iran, very likely act as cybercrime safe havens from which digital criminals within their borders can operate against western targets.


Crime levels returning to historical norms, says Fort St. John RCMP detachment commander

However, that doesn’t mean call volumes are down – they actually increased 28 per cent over last year. The lowest file count in decades was seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, noted Fort St. John RCMP detachment commander Insp. Tony Hanson.


 
 
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Regina Police Service utilize new virtual police reporting system

Reporting a crime can be a stressful experience. Combine that with the potential of an extended wait time, and the experience can be downright frustrating. The Regina Police Service (RPS) have provided a new service delivery approach that cuts down wait times, offers more options to those reporting crimes and creates meaningful work opportunities for officers requiring accommodation due to injury or otherwise. It’s called the Virtual Police Reporting System (VPRS). By Brittani Schroeder and Lindsey Hoemsen. » Read now
 
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Dispatches: July/August 2023

In recent months, there have been many leadership promotions, retirements and, sadly, officer deaths. Take a look at what's been happening in our most recent Dispatches section. » Read now
 
 
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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...

 
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The ABCs of police note-taking

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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

 
Events 
 

Axon Innovate Canada

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: Sep. 14, 2023
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The Safety of Our Cities Conference

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: Sep. 18 - 20, 2023
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26th Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: Sep. 19 - 21, 2023
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InterOp Canada 2023

Location: Virtual
Date: Oct. 11, 2023
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Security Police Fire Career Expo West

Location: Calgary, Alta.
Date: Oct. 24, 2023
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