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GIS systems: Location, location, location

Geographic information systems (GIS), software platforms that collect, manage and analyze geospatial data, are increasingly being used as tools by law enforcement and security organizations. The goal is to take the information presented by these systems and analyze it so that patterns can be identified and actions can be taken, says Ian Williams, the head of analytics and innovation at the Toronto Police Service and a course instructor at Ryerson University.

NEW Case Law: Peace bond is an instrument of preventative, not penal, justice

The Yukon Court of Appeal has decided that the usual rule of evidence applicable in a criminal trial that hearsay evidence is presumptively inadmissible does not apply to peace bond proceedings.

Crime drops around the world as COVID-19 keeps people inside

In Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, drug arrests have plummeted 42 per cent in the weeks since the city shut down, compared with the same period last year. Part of that decrease, some criminal lawyers say, is that drug dealers have no choice but to wait out the economic slump. Overall, Chicago’s crime declined 10 per cent after the pandemic struck, a trend playing out globally as cities report stunning crime drops in the weeks since measures were put into place to slow the spread of the virus.
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When it comes to understanding the challenges law enforcement organizations face, Samsung is a leader in providing innovative tech and mobility solutions. With a growing need for remote access to important information, mobile technology plays an essential role for police officers. The line-up of rugged tablets from Samsung Canada feature the new Galaxy Tab Active Pro. Named an Innovation Award Honoree at CES 2020® this year, this device offers a high-tech solution for law enforcement teams. » Learn more
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Const. Taylor Olenic

Investigational excellence with a whole lot of energy

Const. Taylor Olenic of the Medicine Hat Police Service has been on the job for less than two years but he’s exceeded every expectation. Olenic, who officially began his policing career with Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) in June 2018, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of Blue Line’s inaugural Rookie of the Year Award. Congratulations! » Read more
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New In-Console Printer Solutions for 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Precision Mounting Technologies is excited to announce the release of their all new in-console printer solution for the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. This in-console printer is intended to house the Brother PocketJet 7 series printer and is designed to maximize occupant space inside the vehicle for improved safety, better ergonomics and supreme usability. Designed and manufactured in Canada, the profile of this console has been kept to a slim and desirable width – only protruding slightly in the area around the printer to provide more usable space in the cabin.
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BlackBerry uncovers China backed hacking campaign on Linux servers

BlackBerry Ltd. says it has uncovered how China-backed hackers have been able to extract data from many of the world’s servers for a decade without being noticed. » Read more

‘Heightened sense of anxiety:’ Police increasingly face COVID-19 threats

The head of the Canadian Police Association says he is worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 threats officers face while responding to calls. “During this particular pandemic there is a very much heightened sense of anxiety,” said Tom Stamatakis in Vancouver. “That just goes through the roof.” » Read more

First FBI poster in Navajo language seeks info on homicide

The FBI has issued its first poster in a Native American language, seeking information in Navajo on the death of an elderly man six years ago on the New Mexico portion of the vast Navajo Nation reservation. » 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

Canadian Police Association Conference

Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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Battle of the Badges Hockey Tournament

Location: Oshawa, Ont.
Date: POSTPONED to Fall 2020
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Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress and Training

Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
Date: POSTPONED to Fall 2020
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