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RCMP to draft national policy for emergency alerts

Mounties in Nova Scotia are under scrutiny for not issuing an emergency alert as a gunman rampaged through rural communities, but there’s nothing in the national RCMP handbook to suggest that they should have. In fact, the RCMP says there are currently no countrywide guidelines for when police should use Canada’s public warning system to broadcast information to cellphones and television screens.

Vancouver police say anti-Asian, hate related crimes spiked in April

Vancouver police are reporting an increase in anti-Asian, hate-motivated incidents in recent weeks. The department made this announcement as it sought public help to identify a man seen scrawling graffiti on several large windows at the Chinese Cultural Centre on April 2.

Fitness hearing set for August for accused in N.B. multiple murder case

A tentative date of Aug. 17 has been set for a fitness hearing for a Fredericton man accused of four counts of first-degree murder. Matthew Raymond is accused of killing civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright, and Fredericton Police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns, on Aug. 10, 2018.
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Robert Thibodeau

Committed to community, wildlife and beyond

Blue Line is proud to present the 2020 Lifetime in Law Enforcement Achievement Award to Conservation Officer Robert Thibodeau of Cambridge-Narrows, N.B., who has been serving his community and greater environment through steadfast work and volunteering for more than 30 years. Thibodeau, known as Bob to colleagues, family and friends, says he wouldn’t change his career for the world. » Read more

University of Alberta Protective Services, Edmonton Police Service partner for Liaison Officer project

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) and Edmonton Police Service (EPS) began working on a pilot project last year, largely in response to elevated crime rates on UofA campuses. The UAPS/EPS Liaison Officer project, featuring an embedded EPS officer, strives to go beyond and address some of the core issues motivating chronic offenders. Prior to the pandemic, UAPS’s director, Marcel Roth, connected with Blue Line to share more about this partnership. » Read more

Maintaining mental health at home and on the frontlines

The ongoing self-isolation and quarantine protocols can result in an individual feeling anxious, stressed and depressed, due to a disruption in their everyday routine and uncertainty of when the pandemic will end. For first responders who are working in the thick of the pandemic, they are faced with fatigue, burnout and stress according to Bill Howatt, founder and president of Howatt Consulting and the chief of research and workforce productivity at The Conference Board of Canada. » Read more

Opioid crisis worsens during pandemic as services for drug users scale back

Harm reduction workers battling Ontario’s opioid crisis say COVID-19 is making the situation worse, as police and public health officials in Toronto report a spike in overdoses and related deaths since the start of the pandemic. » Read more
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The PPE scene

VIDEO: Police leaders share what’s happening on PPE scene during pandemic

On April 16, Blue Line editor Renée Francoeur spoke with RCMP Assistant Commissioner of Contract and Indigenous Policing Dennis Daley, York Regional Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Plante, Edmonton Police Insp. Trevor Hermanutz, Delta Police Supt. Harj Sidhu and Saskatoon Police Insp. Patrick Nogier for Blue Line’s first ever virtual roundtable. They discussed PPE (personal protective equipment) stories and challenges for law enforcement during the pandemic, including managing supply and questions around suitability. They also touched on the opportunities for learning from this crisis and finding strength in working together. Thank you to Hudson Supplies for sponsoring this video. » Watch now

Canadian Society of Forensic Science Conference and AGM

Location: Oshawa, Ont.
Date: May 11-15, 2020 • POSTPONED to May 2021
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Police Judo Handcuffing Clinic

Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Date: May 23, 2020
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Allies 4 Youth Connections

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: May 25-26, 2020 • POSTPONED to 2021
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Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: May 27-28, 2020 • POSTPONED to June, 2-3, 2021
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