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Blue Line magazine and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) are partnering on a joint venture, the OACP & Blue Line Expo, to be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Paramount EventSpace in Vaughan, Ont.

Session spotlight
“Think about tomorrow, today”: The undeniable importance of court considerations for law enforcement officers
Arguably, the less “exciting” part of the law enforcement profession lies on the other side of chasing/arresting/charging the “bad guy”. However, an officer must always realize (and appreciate) that Sec. 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states “all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty according to law”. As such – and in many ways – an officer’s job is only just beginning at the time a respective charge is laid. The world of Court is an integral and mandatory component of any officer’s tenure.

In this session, Brian Lass will preface the undeniable importance of court considerations for law enforcement officers, including (but not limited to) myths about an officer’s role in court, items of evidentiary consideration during an investigation, creating a Prima Facie Case, the officer’s role vs. the prosecutor’s role, and the court process itself (including officer testimony).

 Speaker spotlight
Brian Lass
Brian Lass is currently Sergeant-Special Constable with the Toronto Community Housing – Community Safety Unit, and formerly Provincial Prosecutor with GO Transit/Metrolinx. In addition to 16+ years of experience in the field of law enforcement – coupled with still being a Licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario and graduate of the Osgoode Hall Law School Provincial Offences practitioner program – Brian has been regularly sought after as subject matter expert by numerous public sector agencies. Brian is a published author by both Blue Line Magazine and HQ Magazine (an OACP publication), further to facilitating a strong educational social media presence in his respective subject matter expertise. Brian will be commencing an Adjunct Professorship at Seneca College (Fall 2022), as Professor within the Police Foundations Diploma Program – in addition to becoming Principal POA Instructor with TNT Justice Consulting. Furthermore, Brian is perhaps most noted for bringing a very innovative, engaging, energetic and entertaining teaching style to his training sessions – with a passion for assisting persons to excel in their professional pursuits.

Learn more about conference sessions and speakers here.

The event is FREE for all to attend.