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December 5, 2019

Murray of Winnipeg Police wins Airbus Innovation in Safety Award

Malcolm Murray, chief pilot of Winnipeg Police Service, receives the 2019 Airbus Innovation in Safety Award, primarily for efforts around laser attacks and rouge UAVs.

Announcement coming about police watchdog in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s justice minister says change is needed in police oversight in the province because the current model isn’t acceptable. Don Morgan says officials are sorting out details and an announcement will be coming about the future of an independent police oversight body.

Alberta Court of Appeal sets minimum sentence for wholesale fentanyl trafficking

Alberta’s Court of Appeal has ruled that convictions for wholesale fentanyl trafficking should get a minimum sentence of nine years. The unanimous ruling by five justices comes out of a Crown appeal in the case of Patrick Felix.
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Blue Line, The Podcast: YRP’s Michelle Vincent, co-founder of The Haven

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we sit down with York Regional Police Officer Michelle Vincent, who has been in the field for 18 years and is also the writer behind Blue Line’s “Holding the Line” column. Furthermore, she is an officer on a serious mission to save lives when it comes to the first responder mental health crisis. » Listen now
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Stringing red lights and blue stars on the Tree of Hope for MMIWG

With the holidays around the corner, Const. Sharlene Bourdeau of Thunder Bay, Ont. has started an initiative to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) all around Canada through the Tree of Hope. The campaign consists of three components: lighting Christmas trees with each bulb symbolizing a life, a GoFundMe page and a Crime Stoppers tips invitation on the Tree of Hope website. » Read more

Mounted unit at Kingston police saved

According to a CBC article, Kingston Police Service’s horse, Murney, was set to be “put out to pasture,” as the force makes room for more officers by retiring the mounted unit. However, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson tweeted last week: “Very happy to announce that Kingston Police Chief McNeely and city staff have been able to adjust the 2020 police budget to keep Murney in action. The mounted unit is a great way to bridge connections between police and the community.” » Read more

Court rules RCMP not to blame for losses in 2003 Shippagan fishery riot

A Moncton judge has dismissed a $40-million lawsuit against the RCMP and ordered the receivers of a northeastern New Brunswick fish plant destroyed in a 2003 riot to pay $210,000 in legal costs. » Read more
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National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show

Date: Jan. 21-24, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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HRPA2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Date: Jan. 22-24, 2020
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers Conference

Date: Feb. 10-14, 2020
Location: Lake Louise, Alta.
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