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December 21, 2019
The Podcast

Case Law: Reasonable grounds for arrest not as robust as civil standard of proof

British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has once again ruled that the standard for making an arrest need not meet the threshold of a balance of probabilities, the standard used in a civil case. In R. v. Glendinning, 2019 BCCA 365, a plainclothes drug officer was surveilling a downtown area known for its high levels of street-level drug use...

Alberta unveils new police funding model

Alberta has announced it is adding more than 500 RCMP positions in rural communities across the province and fostering a new public safety partnership with municipalities.

The essential – but little known – “Prosper warning”

The majority of investigators understand and comply with their duty to inform suspects of their Charter right to legal counsel and silence. However, there is an additional legal duty, which only applies in specific circumstances, that many officers seem to be largely unaware of – the duty to provide suspects with a “Prosper warning” before questioning them.
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Rail deaths

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. » See more

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? » Read more

Myth versus reality: The science of firearms training

If citizens understood more about the science that goes into police firearms training, they may be less inclined to quickly condemn the actions of officers who have to react in fractions of a second to save lives. Blue Line contributor Dave Brown encourages you to share this article with others in your lives who may not understand modern police firearms training. » Read more

Twelve months in Iraq with Sgt. Erin Coates

Earlier this year, Saskatoon Police Sgt. Erin Coates completed a year-long deployment to the Police Task Force – Iraq Training Unit within the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). Coates was the first female Canadian law enforcement officer deployed to Iraq in a police peace operations capacity. She shares some of her memorable moments from this experience. » Read more
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National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show

Date: Jan. 21-24, 2020
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HRPA2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Date: Jan. 22-24, 2020
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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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