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September 5, 2019

‘They want all that:’ Girls becoming more involved in gang violence

Girls and women are not immune from gang violence in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Females often become involved as girlfriends, but experts say they’re increasingly active participants, carrying guns and drugs or providing their names for houses, cars, credit cards and phones.

Saskatchewan police chief says ‘likely room for more’ gun regulations

Regina police Chief Evan Bray says he doesn’t think banning handguns is the answer to concerns about gun violence, but he believes there’s more room for regulation. Bray, co-chair of a special firearms committee with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, points to federal legislation that tightens security and storage of firearms in businesses as a step in the right direction.

New Zealand gun buyback exposes emotions, possibly hustlers

Some New Zealand gun owners are upset they’re being compelled to hand over their assault weapons for money. Others believe a government-imposed ban on certain semi-automatics following a March shooting massacre is the best way to combat gun violence. And The Associated Press has found at least one man may have tried to swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the system set up to compensate gun owners.
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Officer Natalie Hiltz

A fresh month means a fresh episode of Blue Line, The Podcast! In this installment, we get the evidence-based scoop from police officer Natalie Hiltz, an executive member of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing and a key member of the Advancing WE in Policing (Ontario) initiative. And we chat about that time she hung out with Commissioner Cressida Dick of the Metropolitan Police in the U.K. No big deal. Listen to the SoundCloud link below for the full conversation or on Apple Podcasts under Annex Business Media: Podcasts. » Listen now

B.C. and Yukon Association of Drug War survivors calls for heroin buyer clubs

A group of people who have real life experience with drug use in British Columbia and Yukon is calling on the B.C. government to support a community-led mechanism for a safe drug supply, in order to combat deaths from poisoning by powerful adulterants like fentanyl and carfentanil. » Read more

Man accused in Fredericton murders to undergo second assessment for fitness

A New Brunswick man accused of murdering four people—including police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello—in a shooting spree in Fredericton last year has been ordered to undergo another psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial. » Read more

VIDEO • Catch the latest Blue Line News Now

We take you to Calgary, Alta. for the 114th Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in our latest Blue Line News Now video. And the firefighter who was seriously injured in that explosion in London, Ont., has been released from hospital. All that and more. Tune in! A special thank you to our sponsor, Georgian College. » Read more
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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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