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Policing the pandemic: Managing the police response to COVID-19

Professor Karl Roberts is a consultant on health security, law enforcement and policing for the World Health Organization. In this exclusive article for the U.K.’s Policing Insight, generously shared by its editors with Blue Line here in Canada, he examines the different roles police may have during a pandemic and the challenges this creates alongside some suggested approaches to developing the police response.

City of Charlottetown purchasing drone for police

According to The Guardian, Charlottetown Police Services is getting a state-of-the-art drone that is equipped with thermal-imaging technology.

OPPA launches of Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program

Rob Jamieson, president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), officially launched the Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (Encompas) earlier this week. This program, fully funded by the Government of Ontario and powered by Dalton Associates, will provide OPPA members, OPP Commissioned Officers’ Association (COA) members and OPP retirees with a “comprehensive and integrated” network for mental health wellness care.
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Lessons learned

Lessons learned: Reflections from a police mental health officer on the frontlines

“I became the first mental health officer for my police department in New Westminster, B.C., in 2013,” writes Const. Art Wlodyka. “At present, there is still no local formal training program for new mental health officers. As such, I want to share a few lessons learned during my time in the role.” He notes that now things have “obviously changed dramatically in the world and within the policing context since this article was written. That being said, specialized mental health response may be needed more now than never.” » Read more

Cloudian Object Storage for Digital Evidence Data • WEBINAR

Did you miss Tuesday’s free webinar on a hybrid option for police data storage? Never fear — you can watch it right now and learn how to break through the capacity barrier with file and object storage. » Read more

B.C. court considers ways to deliver Meng decision in socially distant manner

The B.C. Supreme Court is considering creative ways to deliver a decision in an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as a global pandemic restricts travel and gatherings. » Read more

Most abiding by COVID-19 rules, back fines, arrests of those who aren’t: Poll

Most Canadians are doing what they’re told to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and would support harsher measures to punish those who aren’t, a new poll suggests. Of the 1,590 adults surveyed between March 27 and 29, the vast majority said they were practicing social distancing (97 per cent). » Read more
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Blue Line Expo 2020

Blue Line Expo 2020 is now on Sept. 29

ICYMI: Blue Line Expo 2020 has been postponed to Sept. 29 and will now be taking place in Marshall Hall at Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener, Ont. We are thrilled to be on site in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, a well-known tech hub, to bring together the best of law enforcement for a day of learning, networking and review of the latest technology, services and products shaping the market. » Stay tuned

Risk & Recovery Conference

Location: Hamilton, Ont.
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Canadian Police Association Conference

Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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