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December 12, 2019

Rail Death Investigations Summit rolls out protocol: PHOTOS & VIDEO

About 135 members from police and public safety agencies across Ontario gathered recently at the Toronto Police College to examine and discuss the new Collaborative Protocol for Rail Death Investigations (CPRDI), launched in May 2019, at what marked the first Rail Death Investigations & Public Safety Summit.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

The silence and stigma shrouding domestic violence mean those who suffer brain injuries are falling through the cracks of what Paulvan Donkelaar, one of the founders of Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research, or SOAR, calls “an unrecognized public-health crisis in Canada.” Spousal and domestic violence is often not reported to police and it’s hard to determine how many survivors might have experienced traumatic brain injury as a result, said van Donkelaar.

Ethics in leadership

As highlighted in a previous Blue Line Health & Wellness column, despite some degree of overlap, there is a notable distinction between managers and leaders. A conclusion can be drawn that managers focus on “doing things right,” whereas leaders focus on “doing the right things.” The key question remains: what are the right things? What are the morally right things, the ethically right things, the right things that ensure an organization and its members succeed and develop?
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Voice communications

Reliable mission critical voice communications

First responders have relied on radios as their primary means of voice communications for several decades. They see the advantages of migrating from radio to smartphones. However, they like the simple yet powerful “push to talk” function in typical radios: Pressing a single button enables you to broadcast to whoever is using the channel, and releasing the button puts you in receiving mode. Many are concerned about the reliability and capabilities of smartphones’ push-to-talk communications. Plus, there is no guarantee of ubiquitous coverage. » Listen now
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Vintage milk truck delivering treats to first responders in Ontario

In support of its “24 Days of Cookies” contest taking place this December, Gay Lea Foods has its vintage milk truck out and about, making deliveries to public service workers, including police, firefighters, crossing guards and others. » Read more

Halton Regional Police Service to implement VR training program

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has become the first law enforcement agency in Canada to partner with Axon for its virtual reality (VR) empathy training program through Axon Academy, a network of online and in-person training for law enforcement. HRPS has received 20 Oculus Go headsets to begin training their internal teams and will officially launch their program in the first quarter of 2020. » Read more

Ontario passes new animal welfare legislation

Ontario has passed new animal welfare legislation that will be enforced by a specialized team of provincial inspectors. The new law, named the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, comes into effect on Jan. 1 and includes stiffer penalties for cruelty offences. » 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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Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario Conference

Date: Feb. 19-21, 2020
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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