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January 2, 2020
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Off the Shelf: Cops in Kabul by William C. Malone

More of Canada’s internationally experienced police officers should write books like that of retired RCMP Supt. William C. Malone’s Cops in Kabul – A Newfoundland Peacekeeper in Afghanistan. The book is a thoughtful and stimulating read for anyone interested in Canada’s international policing efforts.

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’s firearms contributor, Dave Brown, encourages you to share this article with others in your lives who may not understand modern police firearms training.

Complicated grief: what can we do

Approximately seven to 10 per cent of those bereaved will experience a persistent, prolonged and impairing grief, a condition referred to as complicated grief. Other terms, for this condition, include “pathological grief,” or “unresolved grief,” or “prolonged grief disorder.” What can we do, in the profession of law enforcement, to assist our colleagues who may be experiencing complicated grief?
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Prosper warning

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. » Read more

Q&A: Twelve months in Iraq with Sgt. Erin Coates

Saskatoon Police Sgt. Erin Coates completed a 12-month 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 with Blue Line Magazine. » Read more

Civilians and contractors can let police focus on policing: Macdonald-Laurier Institute study

Policing services in Canada are facing pressure both from within their ranks and from the general public. Stressed municipal budgets, increased expectations from the public, growing complexity of police services, and salary pressures are reducing their ability to conduct policing work effectively. What options are available to policy-makers to put the delivery of policing services in Canada on a sustainable footing? » Read more

EPS is first police service in Canada to debut Rapid DNA Technology

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has announced a pilot with ANDE Corporation to “harness the power” offered by Rapid DNA in criminal investigations. EPS becomes the first police service in Canada to pilot the ANDE Rapid DNA Identification System in an effort to solve crimes faster and expedite closure for victims. » Read more
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Blue Line Expo 2020

Plan for Blue Line Expo 2020!

Join Commissionaires, Whelen, Humber College, Provix and many others on the Blue Line Expo 2020 exhibition floor in Mississauga, Ont. Book your space now — it’s going fast! (And special shout-out to Cambli Group who joins us as a silver sponsor!) » Book your booth

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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