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August 22, 2019

Speaking the same language

You’ve probably been hearing about the HealthIM and interRAI’s Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS) program for a handful of years now. Blue Line last reported on the digital mental health assessment tool for law enforcement back in 2016, noting it had been field tested with the Niagara Regional and Brantford police services since 2013. We wanted to check in with the technology and see what has happened since.

‘Tips on steroids:’ Social media both a help, hurdle for police investigations

Frank Cormier, head of the sociology and criminology department at the University of Manitoba, says police have started using social media as a way to get their message out. “It can be fairly effective as a tool,” he said in an interview. “Like any newer technology, it’s always a double-edged sword.”

Free from hate, free from harm: securing religious institutions

Canada has a reputation abroad and a perception at home of being an open and accepting country. But a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017, which claimed six lives, was a painful reminder that violence against religious communities is a threat in Canada.
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VIDEO • CACP 2019 focuses on backbone of organizations: “our people”

The Blue Line team grabbed their boots and hats for the recent 114th annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s (CACP) Conference in Calgary, Alta., featuring a human resources theme. The specialization, civilianization or professionalization of today’s police services and dealing with high conflict personalities were just some of the topics discussed. Watch our video in the link below and check out our photo gallery from the show! » Watch Video

Retirement: The loss of a sense of belonging

A former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner reflects on his struggle with retirement, noting his “phone went from dozens of calls a day and hundreds of text messages to complete silence.” Read up on how he eased into the transition. » Learn more

‘Naive:’ Police chiefs say handgun ban wouldn’t stop flow of weapons into Canada

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police won’t be supporting a call for a ban on handguns despite concerns about gun violence in a number of major cities including Toronto. Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer, who heads the organization, says Canada already has strong firearms regulations and no other law is required. » Read more

City of Saskatoon hit by internet fraud that sends $1M to wrong bank account

The City of Saskatoon says it has lost $1 million in an online scam. City manager Jeff Jorgenson says a fraudster electronically impersonated the chief financial officer of a construction company that has a contract with the city. » Read full article
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2020 Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards calls for entries

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World Association of Detectives 94th Annual Conference

Date: Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2019
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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Date: Sept. 6-9, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Ontario Special Constables Association Summit

Date: Sept. 12-13, 2019
Location: Concord, Ont.
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4th Annual International Gang Awareness Day

Date: Sept. 16, 2019
Location: Worldwide
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24th Annual Fraud and Anti-counterfeiting Conference

Date: Sept. 18-20, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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