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.
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.
Congratulations to all the winners of Blue Line’s Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards, which showcases innovative and effective designs. We look for clear identification, graphic designs that enhance visibility, elements that show directionality of travel and effective integration of equipment and controls. A few years ago, we wrote: “Police vehicles are not just transportation; they are the calling cards of a police service to the community.” That rings true today. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Stay tuned to blueline.ca for 2020’s call for submissions later this fall.
Graduating from the Police Studies program at Assiniboine Community College (Brandon, Man.) in 2009 has led to a varied and satisfying career for Brandon Police Service Const. Alice Potter.
It is not unusual for a suspect who is being questioned by police to issue an ultimatum; to say to the investigator that if they persist with a certain line of questioning, the suspect will fully exercise their right to silence and stop talking. The question for investigators is how to deal effectively with such ultimatums.
It's 4 p.m. on a Sunday evening. You’re alone in your patrol vehicle about 30 kilometers from your detachment. A complaint comes through about a vehicle driving erratically. The car was spotted in the opposite direction of where you are patrolling. The only other officer on duty is dealing with another call. What do you do?
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.”)
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