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September 12, 2019

Noted criminologist to head panel on replacement for solitary confinement

A veteran criminologist has been tabbed to head a panel on implementing an alternative system to solitary confinement. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale named Anthony Doob, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, as chair of the new advisory panel.

Researchers share actionable document on gender, policing and inclusion

The scholars behind the inaugural Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women Police Officers Conference/Workshop earlier this year at Wilfrid Laurier University have released their findings from the two-day event in the form of an “actionable document” for police organizations across the globe. The document highlights “opportunities for change,” and “out of the box ideas,” like examining weaknesses in current harassment protocol.

U.S. mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks

Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their background to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for decades.
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Policing at the speed of social media

Policing at the speed of social media

Since the advent of social media, there has been a fundamental shift in policing. What began as something many believed was a fad, or a passing trend, has become such an integral part of day-to-day life that it’s not uncommon to hear of people making their living on some kind of social media platform. The terms “influencer” and “Insta-famous” are becoming normalized labels. Read up on how the Calgary Police Service is navigating “swatting,” amateur online sleuthing, and more. » Listen now

Feds commit cash for strategy to fight human trafficking

Ottawa is putting up tens of millions of dollars to fight human trafficking in the hope that more victims will come forward and there will be more successful prosecutions of offenders. The government said the funding will support measures that include adding resources to the Canada Border Services Agency, the development of a national case management standard and the appointment of a special adviser on the issue. » Read more

TACCOM Canada goes beyond tactical, seeks to engage “diverse shooting landscape”

All the big—and medium, small, even virtual—guns were out last weekend in Mississauga, Ont. for TACCOM, heralded as Canada’s largest firearms show. Organized by Firearms Outlet Canada Inc., TACCOM is credited as a mini version of the popular Shot Show, the world’s biggest tradeshow for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry. Fred Pellegrino, president of TACCOM Canada Inc., said 18,778 people walked through the show doors this year. » Read more

Cannabis Awareness video series provides more insight on use and abuse

Emond Publishing and TNT Inc. Consulting Services, which provides various resources and training for policing and security professionals, have launched their “Cannabis Awareness Series.” The series features three videos. » Read more
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TWO MORE WEEKS: 2020 Best Dressed Police Vehicle Awards

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!
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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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The 3rd Annual Kindful Canada Symposium

Date: Sept. 28, 2019
Location: Oakville, Ont.
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Fitness for Duty Summit – 2019

Date: Oct. 2-3, 2019
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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