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Toronto passes motion on police reform, but rejects cuts to budget

Toronto Mayor John Tory put forth a motion proposing a suite of changes to policing that includes overhauling the response to those in crisis along with anti-racism measures and the implementation of body-worn cameras. In a series of votes at a meeting on Monday, councillors voted in favour of the mayor’s motion.

Crown says release of N.S. mass shooting details could harm ‘massive’ probe

Prosecutors are arguing that fully revealing the information used to obtain search warrants following the province’s recent mass shooting could compromise the “massive” police investigation and identify innocent parties.

RCMP partners with Codiac Regional Citizens on Patrol Association

The Codiac Regional RCMP in New Brunswick announced a new partnership with the Codiac Regional Citizens on Patrol Association. This volunteer, non-profit group was created by the community to take an active role in crime prevention. Volunteers will patrol their neighbourhood and report suspicious activity they see to police. They will also deliver community public safety programs.
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Get ready for Blue Line’s first Virtual Symposium on July 23

Join us virtually on July 23 at 1 p.m. EST for Blue Line’s brand-new venture, our first Virtual Symposium and Product Showcase serving Canada’s law enforcement agencies. 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
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Questioning suspects

Room for rapport: context manipulation when questioning suspects

For decades much police questioning of suspects in North America has taken place in small, stark spaces commonly referred to as “hard” interview rooms. Given the popularity of this practice one might assume that evidence indicates the use of such spaces increases the probability of suspects choosing to talk to police. It does not. In fact, scientific research conducted over the past two decades suggests the opposite. The use of small interview rooms may actually inhibit the establishment of rapport and, by so doing, decrease the likelihood of suspects choosing to disclose information when questioned. » Read more

Pilot project for body worn cameras moving forward in St. Thomas

The St. Thomas Police Services Board has decided to move forward with research to equip St. Thomas Police officers with body worn cameras as a part of their daily uniform. The first step will be a pilot project in partnership with Axon and its subsidiary Axon Public Safety Canada Inc. » Read more

Peel’s principles: A redux

“Policing in Canada seems to be rapidly approaching a crisis of confidence among both the public and politicians,” writes Scott Hayes. “Police commanders will no doubt be working diligently with their respective civilian oversight bodies to chart a way forward to restore the confidence the public has in our respective policing organizations. Perhaps one of the best ways to move forward is for us to look backwards and remember how we started.” » Read more

Pandemic fines top $13 million, study says

Authorities in some provinces ramped up often arbitrary law enforcement to help curtail the COVID-19 pandemic rather than rely on a purely public health approach, according to a report released last week. » Read more

Canada West Cyber Security Virtual Conference

Location: Online
Date: July 15-16, 2020
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Blue Line Virtual Symposium

Location: Online
Date: July 23, 2020
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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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