News & Stories

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s police chiefs are shining a spotlight on drink tampering, after several high-profile cases of suspected druggings in downtown Halifax.
SURREY, B.C. — The City of Surrey, British Columbia has appointed a manager to oversee a planned transition to a municipal police force and the closure of its RCMP detachment.
Toronto police say the city has tied its previous record for homicides as of Wednesday morning.
CALGARY — Alberta Mounties are test-driving a call-in centre that allows officers to spend more time on the street instead of behind a desk doing paperwork.
VANCOUVER — The first snapshots from a project aimed at giving a better picture of those at greatest risk of opioid abuse reveals that an average of nearly 10 Canadians died each day from illicit drug overdoses between 2016 and 2018.
TORONTO — Ontario police officers who unsuccessfully administer naloxone to someone overdosing on opioids will no longer face an investigation by the province’s police watchdog, the government said Tuesday.
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.
Early on in my career, it did not matter what jurisdiction was hiring, how much the starting salary was or what shifts I worked — as long as I could pursue my childhood dream of “solving crimes” and “capturing bad guys,” I was content. My foresight at the time did not go beyond policing, as I’m sure many of you can relate to.
Arguably one of the more “over looked” considerations by frontline enforcement officers is that of the actual classification scheme of offences in Canada. You may be asking yourself, “Is he alluding to the difference between a traffic violation and having open liquor in an unlicensed public place?” The short answer to this question is “no.”
Work kits can be lacking; that’s not news to those of us working in law enforcement. Sometimes they’re a poor fit. Other times, the kits are just not specific enough to the environment. Regardless, more often than not, an officer seems to eventually feel the need to customize his or her kit to maximize efficiency, effectiveness and reduce weight.
Bill Moore (photo), the executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and Insp. Dan Jones of the Edmonton Police Service have become the first two Canadians to graduate from Cambridge University with a Masters of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management.
Serge Therriault of the RCMP begins a new chapter of his career as the UN Police Commissioner for the Mission des Nations unies pour l’appui à la Justice en Haïti (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti).
The Ottawa Police Services Board announced Uday Jaswal as the new deputy chief of police for the Ottawa Police Service (OPS).
Supt. Robertson Rouse has been selected as deputy chief of police for the York Regional Police (YRP).
Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark, the 18th commanding officer of RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador, has retired after nearly 37 years of service.
The Fredericton Police Force (FPF), with its sincerest sympathies, shared news of the passing of retired Fredericton Police Chief Gordon “Mac” Carlisle (1940-2018).

Q&A

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.
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.
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.
Those with a vested interest in crime prevention from Canada, the United States and even Bermuda gathered last week for the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) 2018 Symposium in Niagara Falls, Ont. — the first time in more than 30 years the symposium has been hosted on Canadian soil.
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.

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