At the beginning of 2022, many Canadians were faced with new, modified lockdowns as the pandemic proved it wasn’t over quite yet. As the newest variant of COVID-19 made its rounds, infecting large numbers in a short amount of time, various governments called for increased public health restrictions. In response, a large portion of the population started working from home once again, but those working in law enforcement—along with other first responders—continued their work as if nothing had changed. For officers, the show had to go on.
In this issue of Blue Line, we are taking the time to celebrate a side of law enforcement that officers must rely on every day: their vehicles. This month’s cover story features the winners of the 2022 Blue Line Best Dressed Police Vehicle Award. This year, Saanich Police Department took home first place with their 2019 Dodge Charger, followed by Service de police Ville de Saint-Jérôme and St. Thomas Police Service. In our Community Relations category, Abbotsford Police Department won the top spot, followed by Saanich Police Department. You can read the full story on page 10.
Dave Brown, a judge of the Best Dressed Police Vehicle contest and long-time Blue Line contributor, has also shared his report on the Michigan State Police 2022 police vehicle tests that recently took place. In his article, Brown shares the results of the 11 vehicles that were put through multiple road tests and his thoughts for the future of the police vehicle market. See the full report on page 14.
In this month’s Q&A, we can see how the Canadian Police College (CPC) also had to adapt to stay-at-home orders over the course of the last two years. In a recent Blue Line, The Podcast episode, I spoke with several members of the college about their academics and how they build their courses in conjunction with members of law enforcement to provide the best advanced training to officers. Throughout the pandemic, course creators and instructors alike have had to adapt like many other academic institutions, moving their courses online and even on the road. You can read more about their journey on page 8.
A large portion of the population started working from home once again, but those in law enforcement—along with other first responders—continued their work as if nothing had changed. For officers, the show had to go on.
Continuing with the thought that “the show must go on”, I would like to share some exciting news about Blue Line’s events that will be taking place in 2022.
Our second annual Blue Line Expo International will be held virtually on April 28. This year’s event will focus on recruitment and training and will be a discussion with those in the know. Join us as we have two panel discussions with police chiefs, deputy chiefs, directors and other law enforcement professionals as we consider the challenges agencies are facing when it comes to recruiting new personnel and training those who are already in the service. You can learn more and register here: bluelineexpo.ca.
The Security • Police • Fire Career Expo has a new date: May 10. We are excited to be able to hold this event in person in Vaughan, Ont. If you know of anyone who is hoping to enter the law enforcement, firefighting or security industries, make sure to share this opportunity with them. Visit the website (www.emergencyservicesexpo.ca) for more information.
Our third event of the year will be Blue Line Expo, held in person in Vaughan, Ont. I can’t wait to see everyone again on October 13, as we learn from leading law enforcement experts, have a chance to network with fellow law enforcement professionals, and have an opportunity to purchase the latest technology, products and services. Stay tuned for more information about Canada’s premier law enforcement conference and trade show!
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