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June 26, 2019
Active Threats Week

VIDEO: Kicking off Active Threats Week with Blue Line News Now

We’re kicking off Blue Line’s Active Threats Week with gusto! We also share footage from the first Emergency Services Drone Symposium in Hamilton so don’t miss this video! Stream it now on YouTube.

Tailoring critical incident response templates for educational stakeholders

It is time to stop reinventing the wheel and start sharing what works with respect to critical incident response. The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) is celebrating 10 years of its School Police Emergency Action Response (SPEAR) program, an endeavor that continues to be shared and celebrated internationally for its all-encompassing approach to critical infrastructure safety within the educational sector.

St. John Ambulance reveals new Law Enforcement First Aid course

You’ve been shot. You’ve grounded a subject during an arrest and they are bleeding. Your partner has been stabbed. Do you know what to do? The new Law Enforcement First Aid (LEFA) course from St. John Ambulance takes what you learn in standard first aid training and elevates it to address active threat situations.
Featured News 

Q&A: Tri-services in York Region enhance unified command

York Region’s emergency services have developed an integrated response model, leveraging a collaborative approach to major incidents. In October 2018, York Regional Police (YRP), York Region Paramedic Services and the eight fire services agreed to introduce enhanced training to promote effective response during mass casualty criminal incidents. York Region Paramedic Services Supt. Tait Mitchell, YRP Sgt. Douglas Ritchie and Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Jagoe share more about plans for the program and continuing to mould such a unified framework. » Read more

Finding the shooter

Gunshot detection systems use audio and visual sensors to pick up the sound and sight of gunfire and pinpoint where exactly it is coming from. These systems can also communicate with video management systems to capture images and video clips of the shooter. » Learn more

‘A lot safer place:’ Calgary university uses AI to monitor threats

A post-secondary school in southern Alberta is turning to artificial intelligence to make its buildings safer and to allow security officers to catch criminals in the act. Developed in Australia, the iCetana system breaks everything down to pixels and “learns” the movement patterns of people, equipment and vehicles across the campus over a 14-day period. It comes to recognize shapes, sizes and movement — but not people or specific objects. » Learn more

IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center updates active shooter papers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, defining an active shooter as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” reported that thirty such incidents occurred in the United States in 2017. » Learn more

ALERRT Conference

Date: Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2019
Location: Aurora, Colo.
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SecTor – IT Security Conference

Date: Oct.7-10, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference

Date: Oct.9-10, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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CACP Counter-Terrorism and National Security Forum

Date: Nov. 13-14, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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CATAP Workshop and Conference

Date: Nov. 13-17, 2019
Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont.
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