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“IT’S NOT YOUR DUTY TO BE AVERAGE. IT IS YOUR DUTY TO SET A HIGHER EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW. I DID. YOU CAN. YOU WILL.”
- THE HONOURABLE LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER
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.”)
Eighty-six million dollars. That’s the most recent figure the Canadian government said it’s putting forward to help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) combat gun and gang violence.
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.
When crime lab chemists handle evidence that contains illegal drugs, trace amounts of those drugs are inevitably released into the laboratory environment. When chemists scoop a bit of powder to test it, for instance, microscopic particles can become airborne and later settle on nearby surfaces. Particles can also be spread by touch. To some degree, this is an unavoidable byproduct of the testing process, and it can result in detectable background levels of drugs in the lab.
The daily psychological stress that police officers experience puts them at significantly higher risk for a host of long-term physical and mental health effects, including PTSD. That’s the conclusion of a study into workplace stress and the health of police officers by John Violanti, PhD, research professor of epidemiology and environmental health at University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.
John Slater, CEO of Commissionaires Northern Alberta, which provides monitoring services, says the Alberta RCMP’s new alarm response policy “makes imminent sense.”
It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.
There was something about the moment that was both magical and haunting.
It’s hard to imagine a time when our business’s products and records go missing or can’t be accessed, or when the personal things we hold dear can’t be used or looked at — all within a blink of the eye.
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