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Police need more than an unverified tip to avoid drug case entrapment: top court

An unsubstantiated tip that someone is dealing drugs from a phone number doesn’t amount to reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. Last week, in a 5-4 decision on a pair of related cases, the high court said police must take sufficient steps to verify such tips to avoid entrapping suspects.

Alberta introduces bill to create own parole board like Quebec, Ontario

Premier Jason Kenney says it is time the province takes more control with a parole board staffed by members who better recognize community concerns, particularly in rural areas facing rising crime rates.

Restating the commitment to improving policing in Ottawa

“The local and international events of the last two months have shaken me as a police professional and as a person — from the still unfolding impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, to the tragic events in Minneapolis, to the latest series of internal and public trust issues affecting the Ottawa Police Service (OPS),” says OPS Police Chief Peter Sloly.
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Kathy Stewart

RCMP northern light

Kathy Stewart first began thinking about becoming a helicopter pilot at age 19 after finishing up eight months of work in the Northwest Territories... Now a special constable with the Air Services Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), based out of Edmonton, Alta., and with more than 13,000 flight hours, Stewart explains her sights were always set on the dynamic world of rotorcraft – “That ability to land virtually anywhere and to hover… your hands are on the controls and you are actively working the machine.” » Read more

Turning the systemic problem within policing on its head

“This week we have been forced to question, once again, the legitimacy and integrity of those who we entrust our safety to,” writes police officer Gregory Watts. “Not only are we left to question the values of the individuals who wear a uniform but we also express our disappointment in a broken system, one that has allowed instances such as the tragic death of George Floyd to take place more often than not.” » Read more

Wounded Warriors, Ontario Shores launch service to support first responder mental health

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and Wounded Warriors Canada announced a new service to meet the growing mental health needs of first responders. First Responder Assist builds on the expertise of both organizations and will enhance the culturally-specific trauma programs provided by Wounded Warriors Canada. » Read more

New research shows jurors are influenced by body-worn camera footage

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) and dashcams are becoming increasingly common in policing. In turn, video evidence from these devices is also increasingly being introduced in court, including jury trials. Little is known about the impact of BWC evidence on trial outcomes. » Read more