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Blue Line was among a handful of media selected to preview Draeger Safety Canada’s new DrugTest 5000, exclusively for Canadian law enforcement customers. This device is the only one in the country approved by the Attorney General for roadside impairment testing, a stamp that came just a few weeks ago.
Two Canadians have made the cut for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 Under 40 award program.
BANGKOK — A wildlife monitoring group says research it has conducted since 2016 has found a sharp increase in the number of people belonging to Facebook groups in Thailand where endangered animals are bought and sold.
MONTREAL — The Court of Quebec has postponed and shortened the preliminary inquiry into SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., which is now scheduled to kick off Oct. 22 following the activation of a new Criminal Code provision the company’s lawyer says will work in its favour.
WINNIPEG — People who break Manitoba’s rules on cannabis consumption will face fines of up to $2,542 under new regulations approved by the Progressive Conservative cabinet.
OTTAWA — A mandate letter for Canada’s new corrections commissioner calls for more engagement with community groups to help prevent released prisoners from re-offending — something prisoner advocacy organizations say the prison system has not been very good at doing.
When Halifax Regional Police (HRP) Chief Jean-Michel Blais retired as the chief superintendent from the RCMP Halifax District back in 2012, he didn’t go far. In fact, he just moved over to a neighbouring office about 10 feet away to take the reins of HRP.
As we all know, use of force, especially lethal force, in law enforcement has dramatically high costs — not only in lives and careers but also in public perception. Recent cases, such as with Robert Dziekański, Sammy Yatim and Abdirahman Abdi, have highlighted a disconnect between the standard officers are held to for use of force and the public’s response.  
If you’re looking for a good debate, just mention the word CISM — Critical Incident Stress Management. There are more opinions about this theme than one cares to know. However, many have not taken the time to actually clarify its meaning so the result is like the “broken telephone” game. The message received is not the one sent.
Police serve and protect their communities, but that can be difficult when your community is not neatly located in one place, one municipality, one province or even one country.
~ Special Dedication to my fallen brother and sister with the Fredericton Police Force: Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns ~
Peel Regional Police is thinking differently about crime patterns related to specific industries in an effort to reduce incidents of crime, one program being the Clear Zone Robbery Prevention Program.
Sean Cronsberry is the new president of the Ontario Conservation Officers Association.
The OACP has appointed Jeff McGuire as its new executive director, replacing Ron Bain, who is retiring after 11 years in the role.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) welcomes incoming president Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood, who takes the reins from Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin.
OACP has named Chief Jennifer Evans as the 2018 recipient of the OACP President’s Award of Merit, the association’s highest award. The President’s Award of Merit recognizes an OACP member who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and support to the association.
Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer will continue to lead the department after the police board announced an extension to his contract by three years, to May 2023.
York Regional Police Const. Adam Bosomworth and police service dog Luke have been partners for six years, partaking in memorable calls such as locating three missing children from a group home, and now Luke is ready to roll into retirement.

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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.
Colin MacLeod spent over 20 years in the RCMP as a pilot, flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters on nail-biting missions through Newfoundland snow, the peaks and saddles of the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Also a former Edmonton Police officer, MacLeod shares his stories from the cockpit at a time when policing by air was still quite the novelty.
The Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) Security Assessment Unit (SAU) began organizing the Policing Security Network (PSN) by partnering with several other police services for more collaboration on physical security threats. SAU’s Patrick Ogilvie, a security consultant, and OPP Sgt. Laura Meyers, along with OPP section manager and Acting Insp. Rob Fournier, share more on why this group is so ground breaking.
Chief Julia Cecchetto began her role as head of Kentville Police Service last October, after 27 years with Halifax Regional Police. As the first female police chief in all of Nova Scotia, she shares what it’s like to carry that torch.
When you ask a police service what they want in a patrol car, they don’t even hesitate, says OPP officer Mike Bennett. But when it comes to off-highway vehicles, it’s another story. That’s where Bennett and his company Terra Tech Off Road come in, and his latest reveal — a beefed up side-by-side called the Guardian — shows law enforcement agencies all the different types of product they can get to suit their off-road needs.
On April 19, 2016, an Ottawa police officer was injured during an altercation on the job. Exactly one year later, Const. Michael McNaught found himself on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Today, he’s back with Ottawa Police Service — while still managing his marketplace business, RVezy. He shares how entrepreneurship helped in his recovery and complements his policing, too.
“This is a real career with real commitments and it makes a real impact on public safety,” said Metrolinx Special Constable Sgt. Jessica Langley to a roomful of women of all ages and backgrounds during the sold-out Transit Special Constables First Women’s Symposium in Toronto on Aug. 25, 2018.
The first IPA (International Police Association) Games were held recently in Lisbon, Portugal, with one group of Canadians participating.
The founder of the internationally known Crime Stoppers program made a stop in at the 2018 Canadian Crime Stoppers Association’s first National Conference in Hamilton, Ont. on Saturday, June 2, to discuss how the program began, its evolutions and what is currently needed for its co-ordinators.
Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Humber College joined together on May 10, 2018, to release the results of the Neighbourhood Policing Program (NPP) research project, revealing that relationship building between the police and the community is truly working.
Blue Line attended the Toronto Crime Stoppers Chief of Police Dinner, honouring Chief Mark Saunders, earlier this week.
On May 3, Blue Line hosted its annual Blue Line Expo, Canada’s premier event for the law enforcement community, at the International Centre in Mississauga.

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