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.
If the image to your left seems familiar, you may already know about the “Share It. Don’t Wear It” awareness campaign aimed at first responders in British Columbia. These particular images and words were chosen to represent the mental-health challenges law-enforcement officers and dispatchers face in their day-to-day work.
DNA is often considered the most reliable form of forensic evidence, and this reputation is based on the way DNA experts use statistics. When they compare the DNA left at a crime scene with the DNA of a suspect, experts generate statistics that describe how closely those DNA samples match. A jury can then take those match statistics into account when deciding guilt or innocence.
Earlier this year, Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) hired 15 individuals to join the Community Safety Unit (CSU) as special constables. These recruits joined a team with members from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. An integral part of onboarding the new recruits is pairing them with a coach officer: a special constable with experience working in the field who understands the dynamics of different communities.
Boots on the Ground (BOTG) is a non-profit organization, operated by a dedicated team of current and former first responders. It is slated to officially launch this fall and currently boasts a group of over 60 volunteers. The peer-to-peer support model is completely confidential, offering an opportunity for first responders seeking help to meet face-to-face and talk with fellow first responders.
Fires and explosions occurring at marijuana butane honey oil extraction (BHO) operations have increased significantly over the past several years, according to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in Ontario.
“That is a very professional arrest.”
Statistics Canada has found the number of apparent opioid deaths in Canada in the first nine months of last year almost matched the figure for all of 2016.
Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have become increasingly common and sophisticated. More and more, UGVs can be seen patrolling facility perimeters while transmitting data and video surveillance footage to their human counterparts.
It wasn’t long ago that technologies depicted in sci-fi films and futuristic TV shows seemed farfetched and out of this world. Iconic scenes, such as the Star Trek crew using ‘personal access data devices’ (today commonly known as tablets) and USA Today’s media drone filming Griff Tannen’s arrest in Back to the Future II, seemed unbelievable at the time and stood out for their daring creativity. Today, thanks to recent technological advances, many of the fantastical technological visions of the past are becoming reality.
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