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April 25, 2019
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Probation officer wins Lifetime in Law Enforcement Achievement Award

Blue Line is proud to present the 2019 Lifetime in Law Enforcement Achievement Award to Corrie Zafirides, who has worked as a probation and parole officer for the past 24 years and an intensive supervision officer for the past 13 in Hamilton and Brantford, Ont.

Patch trading, a look at suicide by cop, weapon retention systems & so much more

Electronic notetaking and a growing public safety broad band, suicide by cop case studies, realigning hormonal pathways for better functioning as a shiftworker, and a look at partners who are data mining to help law enforcement bring down traffickers — all this and more was covered at Blue Line Expo 2019 on April 16 in Mississauga, Ont.

Psychological debriefing – are we doing more harm than good?

“As a physician, I believe in evidence-based medicine,” writes Dr. Peter Collins. “The purpose of evidence-based medicine is to optimize decision making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well designed and well-conducted research. I believe the same principle should apply to the profession of policing. So why do North American law enforcement agencies regularly use psychological debriefing after a critical incident?”
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Staff Sgt. Valarie Gates

An advocate for better care • Police Leadership Award 2019

A profound moment that cemented what Barrie Police Staff Sgt. Valarie Gates wanted to dedicate the rest of her career to came in 2014. It was the first rendition of the Junior Constable Camp, a summer program Gates (who was a sergeant at the time) had spearheaded to further cultivate healthy relationship between police and local youth. » Read more...

The effect of body-worn cameras on public perceptions of police: A Canadian study

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are a technology being explored by police services in Canada and around the world. The push for frontline officers to wear BWCs is partly about improving public concerns with police accountability, based on the assumption that BWCs will discourage and/or hold officers accountable for misconduct (especially any possible mistreatment of citizens). » Read more...

Opioid overdoses claimed more than 3,200 lives in first nine months of 2018

The Public Health Agency of Canada has released new data showing that 3,286 Canadians died after apparent opioid-related overdoses between January and September last year. » Read more...

Book reviews: A Force Like No Other by Colin Breen and Secret Victory by William Matchett

Interpol named Northern Ireland the most dangerous place in the world to be a police officer in 1983. Two fairly recent and enlightening accounts written by former members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) offer insight into this “dangerous place” during a time that came to be known as “The Troubles.” » Read more...

Battle of the Badges II

Date: April 26, 2019
Location: Burlington, Ont.
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Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women Police Officers

Date: April 29, 2019
Location: Brantford, Ont.
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3rd Annual International Police Judo Clinic • VPD

Date: April 30-May 3, 2019
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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10th Law of Policing

Date: May1-2, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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