News & Stories

The vast majority of thousands of Ontarians surveyed on animal cruelty laws want police to be the ones to enforce the rules, says a new report compiled amid questions about the role of the province’s animal welfare organization.
CALGARY — Three Calgary police officers found guilty of misusing department computers and harassing a woman involved in a custody battle have been sentenced to jail.
FREDERICTON — A Fredericton man accused of fatally shooting four people, including two police officers, in a killing spree last August will stand trial this fall.
TORONTO — One of Ontario’s police watchdogs says unnecessary and illegal strip searches have become commonplace.
OTTAWA — Travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel mistreated by Canada’s border agency will be able to complain to an independent body under a new measure included in the federal budget.
The Fredericton Police Force (FPF) now has a new tool to assist with investigations thanks to the generous donation of a citizen.
Within its design range, nothing stops a deadly threat as efficiently or as effectively as the police shotgun. A shotgun can fire a wide variety of loads, and in the hands of a trained officer, can deliver fight-stopping impact at close range. The pump shotgun has proven to be a simple, fast and reliable companion through generations of police officers.
Law enforcement, like any other profession, develops its own body of inferential knowledge — knowledge that is accrued though training and experience. This allows practitioners to make informed assumptions regarding the situation they are in. A recent court case involving an officer-involved shooting highlights why inferential reasoning is important when it comes to justifying use of force.
Police use of force events that result in injury, particularly when a subject is suffering from mental health crisis, often makes headlines, usually with little context, about what may have occurred. Significant events can impact the personal and professional lives of police officers, whose names flash across a TV screen or pop up on social media feeds across the country. The ultimate goal for police officers is to de-escalate a tense or potentially violent situation using as little force as possible in order to bring the event to a safe and successful conclusion. In order to maximize the ability for officers to avoid force, the Delta Police Department (DPD) has trained its entire sworn cadre in a technique called ICAT (Integrating Communications and Tactics).
As we look back over the course of history we can see that animal welfare laws have improved drastically. We have seen an increase in awareness of what to look for and who to call when cruelty, neglect or abuse is suspected. Animal cruelty crimes have always existed and although the methods of committing these acts haven't changed, the level, degree and complexity of animal cruelty and neglect has.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Children are victimized every day in child pornography cases, but hidden behind the societal outcry to protect them are the law enforcement investigators forced to shuffle through sometimes thousands of illegal images.
In 2019, Blue Line celebrates an incredible 30 years in publication. Looking back, we seem to be hitting 100 per cent with our predictions for the future. We have never predicted flying cars, but we did say that a full electric police vehicle will not happen for decades. (They won’t.) We called out the Carbon Motors E7 as a promise emptier than nitrogen-filled tires. The whole thing turned out exactly as we predicted — a scam. In consideration that some readers weren’t even born when Blue Line started 30 years ago, let’s have a look back.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has hired Robert MacLachlan as the new deputy chief.
The Vancouver Police Department has promoted 20-year veteran Fiona Wilson to the role of superintendent.
Staff Sgt. Darren Dinel was promoted to inspector at the Timmins Police Service.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has named Chief Supt. Jane MacLatchy as commanding officer for D Division, which serves the province, as well as assistant commissioner.
Chief Dale McFee is the new face heading up the Edmonton Police Service. He is the service’s 23rd chief.
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau has announced his retirement, effective May 4, 2019.

Q&A

Chief Supt. Amanda Jones is the new commanding officer of the RCMP’s V-Division, Nunavut Territory. A Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal recipient (among many other awards), she is the eighth person to lead V Division since its creation and the territory’s first female commanding officer. Fresh from a two-year appointment in the Northwest Territories, where she was the officer in charge of criminal operations (G Division), she shares more about her northern experiences and plans for the future.
Dale Cox is chief of police of Lakeshore Regional Police Service (LRPS), headquartered on the Driftpile Cree Nation in northern Alberta. He helped build this self-administered First Nations (FN) police agency, along with many other partners, after retiring from the RCMP. He shares how the 11-year-old service has evolved, as well as the importance of consultation and active listening when it comes to community relations.
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.
Blue Line collaborated with fellow Annex Business Media publications Canadian Security and Fire Fighting in Canada to host a career expo designed to meet the needs of up and coming security professionals, law enforcement officers and firefighters.
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.

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