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The RCMP is bringing the 9 p.m. Routine, an international crime prevention initiative, to Nova Scotia.
WINNIPEG — The head of the RCMP in Manitoba says providing an eagle feather to people swearing oaths is a positive step toward reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
TORONTO — Members of Pride Toronto have voted against allowing the city’s uniformed police officers to participate in this year’s parade.
Across the country you’d be hard pressed to find a single first responder agency which isn’t talking about the mental health and well-being of their employees. Police, fire and emergency service organizations are all looking for ways to make their first responders more resilient.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response.
BURNABY, B.C. — The union representing thousands of workers in British Columbia says the provincial government must hold a public inquiry to examine organized crime, the opioid crisis, money laundering and its connection to real estate.
“IT’S NOT YOUR DUTY TO BE AVERAGE. IT IS YOUR DUTY TO SET A HIGHER EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW. I DID. YOU CAN. YOU WILL.” - THE HONOURABLE LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER
The fastest shooter in the world isn’t going to win too many gunfights. Neither will the most accurate shooter in the world. Speed without accuracy is a fast miss. Accuracy without speed means the gunfight is over before you get your boots on in the morning. (I think it was the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu who said that. Or perhaps it was Keanu Reeves in “John Wick.”)
Eighty-six million dollars. That’s the most recent figure the Canadian government said it’s putting forward to help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) combat gun and gang violence.
Active shooter incidents are dynamic (typically lasting 10-15 minutes) and may vary significantly from one attack to another. Most often these events involve deadly physical force perpetrated by an individual(s) against victims in a confined space or populated area. In the majority of cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to selecting their victims.
The most intense and personal law enforcement work often involves protecting individuals; people you know by name.
The first woman to hold the reins of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is one of the two newest members of the Senate.
Supt. Mitch Yuzdepski has been promoted to deputy chief of support services at Saskatoon Police Service.
Insp. Kevin Lewis, officer in charge of the RCMP Thompson detachment in Manitoba (photo), has handed the reins to Staff Sgt. Brian Edmonds from the Winnipeg RCMP.
RCMP Const. Garrett Dove of North Battleford, Sask., was honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recently by the Governor General of Canada.
Sgt. Marc Searle was a member of the RCMP for over 15 years. “An avid and tenacious volunteer, he spent hundreds of hours doing research to identify unmarked veterans’ graves in a Surrey, B.C. cemetery. He then ensured these graves were honoured with appropriate markers.”
The Governor General of Canada presented RCMP Chief Supt. Jeffery Adam (top photo) and Assistant Commissioner Barbara Fleury (bottom photo) with honours as officers of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in Ottawa.

Q&A

Det. Michelle Pflug is Peel Regional Police’s newest certified bloodstain pattern analyst, one of three at the Ontario service and one of about 30 across the country. She received her certification from the Ontario Police College in June 2018, after finishing a master’s of forensic science at the same time.
Halifax Regional Police Staff Sgt. Carolyn Nichols, the president of AWLE (Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement), sat down with Blue Line on her third night shift as watch commander, when magazine staff were in town for the CACP (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) Conference earlier this year. Nichols, who is a third-generation police officer, began her policing career in 1999 and was promoted to her current rank this past July. She shares her journey and why organizations like AWLE matter.
After spending 34 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves), Kevin Junor found his way into corrections, though it was never a field he thought he’d develop an interest in. Today, he is the deputy superintendent of administration at the Ontario Correctional Institute (OCI) in Brampton. He shares with Blue Line his passion for leadership development, change management and his hopes for the corrections field.
Meet Vince Lefaive, a former 31-year patrol sergeant, now retired from the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). Lefaive is an advocate for first responder PTSD and a proud cannabis patient. He is also one very passionate individual when it comes to policing and has no regrets, stating he would do it all over again, if he could.
In honour of National Peacekeepers’ Day earlier this year, Blue Line spoke with Det.-Sgt. Caren Ashmore of the Ontario Provincial Police’s West Region Crime Unit in Wellington County. Ashmore spent 16 months in Ramallah, Palestine, as part of the European Union Co-ordinating for Palestine Police Support. Deployed as a police advisor for accountability, she was appointed acting deputy head of the Police Advisory Section six months in.
Saanich Police Department Sgt. Drew Robertson was selected as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” award recipients from the International Association of Chiefs of Police last year. Robertson, who is the team leader of the Greater Victoria Police Emergency Response Team (GVERT) in British Columbia, was recognized for revamping the recruit selection processes and operational protocols. He tells Blue Line more about his new lesson plans, training scenarios and what it takes to make a positive impact in the field.
The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation “Be the One Gala,” featuring the Justice & Public Safety Awards, showcased the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in an evening of celebration on Nov. 15 in Vancouver.
A new non-profit offering peer support in-person and on the phone is available starting today for first responders across Ontario.
Blue Line was in Niagara Falls earlier this week for a glimpse of the Fall 2018 Canadian Critical Incident (CCII) Training Seminar. Special thanks to president Tom Hart for the invite.
Blue Line and Dave Brown, our Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards judge, were thoroughly impressed with the beautiful and professional designs submitted from police agencies across the country this year. We thank everyone who sent us an entry and truly wish we could honour you all.
Blue Line was honoured to attend Serving with Pride's Out of the Blue Gala as the official print sponsor on Oct. 13.
Blue Line stopped by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police B2B Trade Show, presented by Harley-Davidson Canada yesterday.

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