As one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, Vancouver is a popular destination for new immigrants to the country. And it’s no wonder, given its wealth of natural beauty, cosmopolitan appeal and multicultural background. As of 2011, the National Household Survey by Statistics Canada found that Vancouver was home to 913,310 immigrants, with over 155,125 newcomers having arrived between 2006-2011.
In law enforcement today, there is a certain emphasis placed on training for active threats (shooters), and rightly so. In the current climate these adversaries, as that is how they will be referred to in this article, seem to be very busy. Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, are two recent locations that come to mind for such heinous acts. There is a lot of training the law enforcement community goes through, all of it to prepare us to deal with these types of incidents. Unfortunately, you cannot train for every venue.
Public Safety Canada identified right-wing extremism as a “growing concern” in its 2017 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada. This was the first time it had explicitly cited this as a threat to Canadians. In its previous reports, there was only minor mention.
Tim Henry was the manager for an 18-storey multi-tenant commercial high-rise that caught fire after business hours in downtown Ottawa, Ont. Firefighters arrived to black smoke billowing from the lobby. They knew little about the building, where the fire had originated or what was the safest way in.
In June 2011, a robbery occurred at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont., resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars. Department of University Safety (DUS) officers used closed caption television video (CCTV) to locate and follow the suspect vehicle as it left campus. However, they were unable to obtain a clear licence plate, so they couldn’t identify the car or the driver. Follow-up investigation led to the identification, arrest and subsequent convictions of the suspects — but not until a month later. Simply having a licence plate number would have saved a lot of time and effort. This incident resulted in a review of Carleton’s CCTV deployment strategis.
It’s hard to remember exactly what happened. There was a bright flash followed by a loud bang and somehow you ended up on the ground. You reach for the source of pain and are surprised to find blood seeping through your uniform. Thankfully, backup is right behind you, EMS is ten minutes away and the nearest fully equipped trauma room is 30 minutes down the road.
To say that police officers who are mothers have “a lot on their plate” is to put it mildly. Our research on the experiences of these women — who we have come to call “police mothers” —  speaks to the systemic disadvantage that these women face.
Police officers in Ontario first start their careers by attending Ontario Police College (OPC) in Aylmer, a post-hire training facility that first opened in 1963 and is regarded as a leader in policing education. In fact, OPC is one of the largest police training facilities in North America, with over 8,000 recruits, police officers and civilian personnel attending the college each year.
Congratulations to all the winners of Blue Line’s Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards, which showcases innovative, sustainable and effective designs. We look for clear identification, graphic designs that enhance visibility, design elements that show directionality of travel and effective integration of equipment and controls. Thank you to everyone who submitted and stay tuned for 2019’s call for submissions.
This year is a significant one for pursuit-rated police vehicles in Canada. We lost a few vehicles from the 2017 tests and we gained some new ones.
Possible issues with exhaust leaks into police SUVs have caused concern for police officers and led to investigations by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). No recalls have been issued and investigators have not yet determined a conclusive cause, but the aerodynamics of SUVs in general make these types of vehicles more prone to sucking in fumes from the back. Even the smallest unplugged hole in the rear body or floor area can cause intake of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) gas under certain conditions.
Today, in the age of Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Whatsapp and the Internet of Things, information can be — and is — shared instantaneously. For police and other law enforcement partners, this instant dissemination doesn’t necessarily happen, however, and this is leaving the law enforcement community playing catch-up, even though the technology to share knowledge is the best it’s ever been.
In the wake of the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, there have been loud calls for reform to address Canada’s blatant systemic racism in the criminal justice system.
Incorporated in February 2017, the Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative (CWWI) — the women’s wing of the transcendental meditation (TM) organization in Canada — serves women whose jobs, health and lives are at risk due to chronic or acutely high levels of stress.
On Jan. 18, the ASIS Toronto Chapter invited Kevin Kempcke, director of security, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), to speak about the challenges and successes of managing a security program at professional sporting venues. He spoke in length about working with first responders.
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