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Blue Line Forum closes its virtual doors

Effective Dec. 1, 2023, the Blue Line Forum closed. For years, the Blue Line Forum has been a long-standing hub for law enforcement professionals — an online space for discussions, information exchange and camaraderie. With its closure, we are redirecting our efforts towards expanding our influence in different areas and on different platforms.

Police in Quebec, Ontario, N.B. make 46 arrests in anti child porn operation

Quebec provincial police say 26 men, aged between 17 and 84, have been charged with a range of offences, including producing and distributing child pornography. Police say there’s no link between the men who were arrested between Monday and Thursday in 19 municipalities across the province.

Rookie of the Year Award: Nominate your officers!

The Rookie of the Year award recognizes and encourages a standard of excellence that exemplifies leadership as an activity not a position, and pride in service to the public. Its goal is to highlight promising new officers who are effectively paving the way for the policing of today and tomorrow, and creating positive waves among their peers, agencies, communities and beyond. Make sure you nominate your officers, with the extended deadline of Jan. 8, 2024!

‘The right fit:’ Patrick Nogier sworn in as Prince Albert police chief

When Janet Carriere witnessed Patrick Nogier’s natural leadership abilities, she knew Prince Albert’s Board of Police Commissioners would offer him the critical role of chief. “He walked into the police service and he could already see a lot of the things that could be made better,” said Carriere, the commission’s chair.

B.C. police watchdog backs out of investigation into Glen Assoun case in Nova Scotia

There’s been another delay in the investigation to determine whether police in Nova Scotia broke the law when evidence was destroyed in the case of Glen Assoun, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1999 and served almost 17 years in prison.

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The hidden cost of sick leave for police departments: Creating policies to control and manage viral spread during flu season

There has never been a more important time to assess the intradepartmental effects of viral spread on law enforcement. The recent pandemic brought to light many staffing issues facing departments nationwide. By Ronald D. Brown. » Read now

The Active Club network

In past columns, I have explored the psychology of conspiracy theories and extremism, as well as focusing on extremist groups such as the Boogaloo Boys and QAnon. This month, I wanted to explore the transnational extremist group, known as the Active Club. In September 2023, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) referred to them as a racist group “hiding in plain sight”. By Peter Collins. » Read now
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Building strong foundations through training

A crucial part of any officer’s career is the extensive training they go through. In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder speaks with Insp. Nadine Wagner of the Calgary Police Service about training at CPS, and why the Chief Crowfoot Learning Centre is key to ensuring their officers are given the necessary skills before taking the next step in their careers. » Read More...


De-escalation and managing heightened emotions

While the professional need of subject compliance is important to this process, what is often missed or placed at the end of the interaction is the person themself. Through proper training, a service approach to de-escalation is recommended, focusing first on the human needs and the physiology of the person. By Steven Poplawski. » Read now


What’s wrong with this picture?

In the early 1990s, a purse snatching was reported in Nova Scotia. As part of their investigation, police showed a witness pictures in a mug book. The session did not result in a positive identification but, five days later, when the police had a suspect, the witness returned to examine a photo lineup. By Raymond M. Klein. » Read now


BCACP/CACP Police Leadership Conference

Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Date: Jan. 21 - 23, 2024
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Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police 2024 AWIP ON Conference

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: Feb. 13 - 16, 2024
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OACP & Blue Line Expo 2024

Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: Mar. 26, 2024
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: Mar. 27, 2024
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