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Evidence-based police training to improve performance, decision making and resilience

Traditionally, police training has been focused primarily on learning skills to manage external factors that are encountered on the job. What is needed is a paradigm shift in regards to training police officers...

Q&A with Bernadine Chapman, RCMP

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bernadine Chapman became the new Commanding Officer for RCMP, National Division in November 2019. Previously the RCMP district officer for Southern Alberta, Chapman was in charge of 37 detachments there and has spent 31 years overall with the federal police service. Originally from Prince Edward Island, she has served in general duty policing, anti-corruption drugs and organized crime, and employee management relations across the country. She opens up about some of her career highlights as well as her thoughts on employee wellness.

CASE LAW: Attempted detention is no detention

Unless a police interaction constitutionally amounts to a “detention,” there is no need to determine its arbitrariness nor a requirement for police to provide a reason for it.
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Implications of Canada’s May 2020 “assault-style” gun ban

Officers who wanted to frequently practice their patrol carbine skills could purchase their own AR-15, during its time as a restricted firearm, and practice on their own time, beyond the once or twice a year mandated qualification their police service provides. These officers must now be aware that such privately owned firearms are prohibited and can no longer be trained with. » Read more

Out of the Cold — File No. 2: A composite drawing from 20 years ago…

Blue Line is proactively profiling a cold case in every other print issue for our readers to share in order to spark renewed interest and hopefully generate tips and information. This edition revisits a case from 1999 when a woman’s body was found along Victoria Avenue, also known as Regional Road No. 24, in Ontario’s Niagara Region. » Read more

Gangs producing drugs to get around border closures: Vancouver police

Gangs may be turning to producing illegal drugs in an effort to get around pandemic border closures and scrutiny on shipping routes, Vancouver police say. » Read more

Cocaine trafficking group with ties to a Mexican cartel busted: Toronto police

A sophisticated crime group that was allegedly smuggling bricks of pure cocaine across the U.S.-Canada border has been busted following a months-long investigation, Toronto police said earlier this week. » Read more