May 19, 2017 - Blue Line Magazine was in the clouds for Panasonic’s latest Toughbook launch, held at the 1,776-foot tall One World Trade Centre, also known as the Freedom Tower, in New York City on Thursday evening.
SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — RCMP are investigating a suspected fight club involving teens in a community just west of Edmonton.
The Toronto Region Board of Trade announced Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews the winner of the 2016 Toronto Polices Services Officer of the Year award.

The Board of Trade made the announcement at their annual reception Tuesday night.

Staff Sergeant Matthews of Intelligence Services had previously been selected Police Office of the Month in August 2016.

In August 2015, two people died in a shooting at Muzik, a nightclub in Liberty Village.

Staff Sergeant Matthews was first responder to the scene and the only officer. At Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road, he stopped behind a taxi with a shooting victim inside. The victim had been shot three times and was bleeding heavily. Staff Sergeant Matthews pulled him out of the car, started administering first aid, and called an ambulance.

While waiting for the ambulance, Staff Sergeant Matthews, alone and in uniform, was faced with a hostile crowd. At one point, a woman approached him, yelling at him and punching him in the face. Rather than arresting the woman and risking the life of the victim, he continued first aid and tried to deescalate the situation verbally. Eventually, the woman left the scene.

Once the ambulance arrived, Staff Sergeant Matthews accompanied the victim to the hospital, still covered in his blood. The victim was in a critical but stable condition and survived.

Toronto Police says Staff Sergeant Matthews has demonstrated “outstanding bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty”.

The Police Officer of the Year award was created by the Board of Trade in 1967. Every month, one officer is named Officer of the Month based on bravery, humanitarianism, investigative work, and policing skills. Those monthly winners are then re-evaluated by a judge’s panel and one officer is awarded Police Officer of the Year.
WINNIPEG — Mounties in northern Manitoba have opened an investigation into the case of a dog badly burned after being thrown into a firepit.
NATUASHISH, N.L. — Fifteen years after the Innu of Davis Inlet were moved to a fresh start in nearby Natuashish, leaders are once again fighting to keep kids as young as 11 from sniffing gas.
WHITBY, Ont. — Police say Durham Region has recorded its first confirmed overdose due to the deadly opioid carfentanil.
EDMONTON — Alberta is reviewing photo radar across the province, responding to concerns that what is supposed to be a watchdog road safety tool has morphed into an engorged cash cow.
OTTAWA — Governments from across the country will meet next month to debate a key question about Canada’s eventual recreational-marijuana market — how much should users pay for their pot?
OTTAWA — Bullying and harassment remain serious problems within the RCMP and only major changes to the way the police force is run will make a difference, says a national watchdog.
Kenora residents are marking the sudden loss of former police chief Dan Jorgensen. As he was preparing to mark his 60th birthday, he was kayaking along the Winnipeg River towards Gimli, so he could skydive on his birthday. 
On May 10, 2017, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) partnered with Microsoft Tech for Good to finalize its Child Finder Project (CFP). CFP was created to help "expedite the recovery of children in danger by allowing them to share information from their social media accounts with police". A hackathon, the second of its kind since the partnership between MCSC and Microsoft was forged in 2015, was held where developers worked to create new programs to help expand available resources for this initiative.
MONCTON, N.B. — An RCMP officer recalled feeling blood stream down her body as she fled a gunman who shot her twice and killed three other Mounties during a 2014 shooting spree.
TORONTO — Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the country, a Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday, calling it a “made in Canada” phenomenon.
OTTAWA — The RCMP is eyeing a policy change for organized crime investigations to better protect the rights of journalists, newly disclosed documents say.
OTTAWA — A new federal law aims to reduce the number of people who die from opioid and other drug overdoses in Canada.
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