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June 27, 2019
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Mounties put hundreds of eyes in the sky with expanding drone fleet

The RCMP has assembled a fleet of more than 200 flying drones — eyes in the sky that officers use for everything from international border investigations to protecting VIP visitors, newly disclosed records show.

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.

Toronto hosts World LGBTQ Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals • VIDEO

Blue Line stopped by the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel last week to take in the last day of the 2nd World LGBTQ Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals. Danielle Bottineau, the LGBT Liaison Officer for Toronto Police Service and conference planning committee member, said 175 delegates from 14 countries attended the event to network, share stories and discuss crucial topics such as visibility and inclusion.
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Active Threats Week

Active Threats Week is HAPPENING NOW

For this week only, Blue Line is showcasing all kinds of various content on active threats — from case studies to technology to new training initiatives and active shooter papers. Click the link below for the official Active Threats Week microsite and watch our social media channels or search the hashtag #ActiveThreatsWeek19! » Learn more
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First Aid Course

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. » Read more

Tailoring critical incident response templates

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. » Learn more

Sex trafficking victim calls for more safe houses

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are getting renewed attention in Canada following the release of the final report from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It calls for an effective response to deal with human trafficking and details how Indigenous women are targets, often coming from vulnerable situations such as growing up in foster care. » Learn more

Los Angeles suburb welcomes “HP RoboCop” to force

Huntington Park police says “HP RoboCop” will provide 360-degree high-definition video footage. The department says the blue-and-white rolling robot serves as an extra set of eyes for areas such as parks and buildings that police might not have time to patrol. » Learn more
The Podcast

Project Sword launch

Date: July 3, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Camp Courage • The First Responders Society

Date: July 9-17, 2019
Location: Various Locations Across Nova Scotia
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International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference

Date: July 16-20, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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