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October 17, 2019
Medic Alert

Pumping up first aid training for law enforcement

The new Law Enforcement First Aid (LEFA) course from St. John Ambulance (SJA) takes what an officer learns in their standard first aid training and enhances that knowledge to address active threat situations. Focusing on giving first aid in hot, warm or cool zones, the LEFA course is designed to allow a tactical response by officers and then complement it with the skills-based opportunities to practice life-saving first aid and CPR. The course focuses on techniques suitable for self-aid, buddy-aid and aid for citizens or those taken into custody.

Read all about recent retirements, promotions & more in DISPATCHES

Check out Blue Line’s Dispatches section online! We update it every month to match what you’re seeing in print in terms of recent promotions, retirements, awards presentation and more.

Boat and 26 chinook seized amid allegations of overfishing off B.C.’s coast

The Mounties have seized a nine-metre fishing boat and more than two dozen chinook salmon over what they say are allegations of “significant overfishing.”
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Helen Escott

Blue Line, The Podcast: Helen Escott

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we catch Helen C. Escott from her home in St. John’s, N.L. Helen created the RCMP’s Media Relations/Communications Unit in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1998. She became the first female senior communications strategist and media relations spokesperson for the RCMP in that province. Now a crime novelist, she was the communications lead on high-profile events, including the RCMP’s Newfoundland and Labrador response on 9/11. » Listen now
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Case Law: Plain view is a seizure power only

British Columbia’s top court has ruled evidence may be constitutionally seized under the plain view doctrine if it is in the open when the police are lawfully present where it is visible, and lawfully exercising police duties. » Read more

Back of the Book: The positive side of PTSD

“One of the discussion topics that came up recently at my PTSD support group for first responders and military members, Wings of Change, was the positive side of having PTSD,” writes this month’s Back of the Book contributor. “At first, I thought, ‘What positive side?!’ It seems counter-intuitive that such a debilitating illness could have a silver lining. As I thought about it, however, I realized that suffering from PTSD has made me more alert to the fact that you can never tell from the outside how much someone may be suffering on the inside.” » Read more

Corrections Corner • A Blue Line blog

In Blue Line’s Correction Corner blog, we go where no one else will go. We cover gangs, employer loyalty, assaults on officers, the lack of correctional officer suicide data, and radicalization within prison walls—just to name a few topics. Peruse the blog today and let us know your thoughts! » Read more

Greyman Security Training Conference

Date: Oct. 18-20, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Badge of Life Canada – Evening of Celebration

Date: Oct. 26, 2019
Location: Woodbridge, Ont.
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