Editor’s Commentary
I am fortunate to spend so much time reading about and conversing with so many law enforcement leaders.
The body worn camera (BWC) debate was one of the topics we covered at Blue Line Expo 2018. It seems to be a discussion we revisit frequently — never getting much further along in a collective Canadian consensus than the last time we all hummed and hawed about the best way to navigate this evolving technology.
Collaboration within the law enforcement sphere has been exploding in the headlines I’m reading these days.
Blue Line is kicking off 2019 in party mode: there’s 30 big candles on our cake to celebrate this month!
As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair announced federal funding to target gun violence and illegal firearms last month, I went back to thinking of the 3D firearm printing debacle in the U.S. this summer.
Selecting stories for this issue — traditionally our clothing and duty gear edition — proved to be quite the challenge.
It doesn’t occur that often, but every now and then, when we have our booth set up at a trade show, someone will exclaim, “when did two women become the face of Blue Line?”
Firefighter Barry Dawson, paramedic Andreanne Leblanc, former RCMP officer Krista Carle: three first responders with different lived experiences and their own versions of “PTSD demons,” but who have one thing in common: within the past year, they decided to end their own lives.
By the time this reaches your mailbox, the Senate will have cast its final vote to usher in Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act. And my guess is we all draw in a sharp breath yet again.
I am proud to bring you our annual Blue Line Expo Show Guide in this month’s issue. On May 3, we have a jam-packed day planned for the Canadian law enforcement community, including an exclusive new workshop on building resiliency with Dr. Stephanie Conn of First Responder Psychology. 
When people mentioned “meditation” to me in the past, I thought of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love book and the far-away ashram she attended where schedules were strict, the silences long and the mental work intense.
As I sit down to write this (late February), a flood warning for my hometown (St. Marys, Ont.) has just been lifted and the residents of Brantford, Ont., who were evacuated due to the mid-February inundation, have been allowed to return home. My personal social media feeds have been teeming with videos and photos showing the dangerously high Thames River.
I’ve been watching Stranger Things and the German science fiction/horror series Dark on Netflix over the past few months and thoroughly enjoying whenever one of the retro police cars or trucks whizzes (or putts, as with that circa 1953 fir green Volkswagen police beetle in Dark) across the screen.
A few months ago Blue Line co-hosted a private roundtable on protecting smart cities, sponsored by BlackBerry and hosted at Deloitte’s downtown Toronto office. The day saw a number of chiefs, deputy chiefs and IT (information technology) policing personnel assemble to discuss — in an open dialogue — innovation and technology in public safety.
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