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August 31, 2019

The Werther Effect: suicide reports in the media

“Suicide is complex, influenced by many factors. Now, in the 21st century, it has become apparent that certain elements of media reports are associated with increased suicide deaths,” writes Dr. Peter Collins in this month’s Behavioural Sciences column.

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.

Blue Line, The Podcast: Const. Amy Boudreau

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we sit down with Const. Amy Boudreau, who has spent the last eight years as a police officer with a specialty in crime prevention. Boudreau shares more about the importance in mindset when it comes come to your career and using roadblocks as opportunities. She muses on breaking the officer mold, addressing and mitigating the existing barriers for women in the field, and changing the overall culture.
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Retirement: The loss of a sense of belonging

“I belonged to the same great police department for most of my adult life. With that I had ring-side seats to the greatest show on earth! Watching from the benches isn’t nearly as gratifying. I’m not whining or complaining about my lot in life, I’m just being honest about the retired life versus a life in policing,” writes a former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner. » Listen now

Integrating peace officers into the policing continuum: Terri Miller

Terri Miller, the president of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers (AACPO), is a manager/sergeant at the Clearwater County Highway Patrol in Rocky Mountain House, Alta. She tells Blue Line more about the importance of the community peace officer (CPO) program in this Q&A. » Read more

CACP 2019 focuses on backbone of organizations: “our people”

“This year, we will focus our discussions on our people, the backbone of our organizations,” said CACP President, Chief Constable Adam Palmer during the 114th annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s (CACP) Conference. “This conference is about taking a thoughtful and critical look at what we do, how we do it, why we do it, and who is doing it. We will look at police practices, challenges and trends and how focusing on our people can create an environment to improve the health and safety of police officers and civilian members, thereby allowing them to focus on the health and safety of the communities they serve.” » Read more

Showing up for our LGBT2S+ colleagues

Our editor reflects on hearing Julie Cooke, deputy chief constable of the Cheshire Constabulary in the U.K., speak as part of a panel during the 2nd World LGBTQ Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in Toronto this summer. Cooke is the lead on LGBT+ issues for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and is a passionate advocate for inclusion and all things justice-related. » Read more
Best Dressed Police Vehicle

2020 Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards calls for entries

We are on the hunt for creative and unique police vehicles! If your agency’s wheels represent your community, save energy, highlight directionality and officer safety; and also boast fresh equipment or decals, we want to hear from you! Blue Line’s annual Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards is now open! » Enter now!


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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