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Four charged after investigation into drone used in prison smuggling

A months-long investigation into a drone found smuggling weapons and other contraband into a Kingston, Ont., prison has culminated in four arrests, provincial police announced last week.

COVID forces changes as B.C. provincial courts reopen for trials

Provincial court trials in British Columbia will resume July 6 with numerous changes not only for health and safety reasons amid COVID-19, but to accelerate the court process.

Cape Breton Regional Police Service to undergo operational review

The Cape Regional Municipality (CBRM) has issued a tender for an operational review of its police services to find efficiencies within the organization, reported the Pioneer Journal. The request for proposals closes July 9. Acting Chief Robert Walsh has said the police service welcomes the review.
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Blue Line, The Podcast: Inclusion, authenticity & police culture with Supt. Isobel Granger

Isobel Granger, recently promoted to superintendent at Ottawa Police Service, is now leading the service’s newly launched Respect, Values and Inclusion (RVI) Directorate. Supt. Granger started her career as the first Black female officer hired by the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Today, she is Ottawa’s first Black superintendent and she joins us for the June edition of Blue Line The Podcast to share her thoughts on the new opportunity with RVI and much more. » Read more

Editor’s commentary: Gender parity and the recruitment crisis

Recruit gender parity is long overdue, writes our editor in the editor’s commentary of the June/July issue of Blue Line. She points to a 2019 TED Talk recorded in Vancouver, featuring police Cpt. Ivonne Roman, who founded the Women’s Leadership Academy to increase the retention of women in policing. According to Roman, “simply changing the exams” and training well-qualified candidates to pass “validated, work-related, physiologically-based fitness exams as required” will increase the number of women in policing, an advantage to everyone given “their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force.” » Watch Video

Edmonton chief concerned about calls to defund police

The police chief in Alberta’s capital says there’s racism in Canadian policing, but he worries that any reduction in budgets could lead to a loss of officers and programs brought in to address diversity. » Read more

New York governor signs police accountability legislation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law on a sweeping package of police accountability measures that received new backing following protests of George Floyd’s killing, including one allowing the release of officers’ long-withheld disciplinary records. » Read more
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Get ready for Blue Line’s first Virtual Symposium on July 23

Blue Line is excited to announce a brand-new venture, our first Virtual Symposium and Product Showcase serving Canada’s law enforcement agencies. Join us virtually on July 23 at 1 p.m. EST from the safety of your own home office, your workplace, even your backyard — either on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection! We’ll be covering evidence-based police training, UAV updates for law enforcement, officer wellness, body-worn cameras and much more. » Register for FREE today

International Law Enforcement Training Summit

Location: Online
Date: July 27-31, 2020
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3rd Simon Fraser Warrior Golf Tournament

Location: Caledon, Ont.
Date: Sept. 17, 2020
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