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Warding off violence against women: VPD’s Women’s Personal Safety Team

In 2012, the inaugural Women’s Personal Safety Team (WPST) workshop was conducted, borne out of a need to increase public knowledge on gender-based violence. Created by Vancouver Police Insp. Colleen Yee and her sister, Det. Alice Yee, this workshop taught the basics of personal safety and violence prevention, and was designed to be accessible for all participants, regardless of physical ability and prior knowledge.

Grounds for an arrest and a search warrant involve different considerations

Just because a search warrant has been denied, the police need not change what they suspect or believe to be true, Ontario’s top court has declared. In R. v. Buchanan, 2020 ONCA 245, police received information from a confidential informer that a person was trafficking heroin and fentanyl from a specific residential address. There were also several citizen complaints about vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the residence.

Practicing mindfulness can help us through the pandemic

For first responders who are facing likely unprecedented high levels of chronic stress as a result of COVID-19, mindfulness can also help reduce compassion fatigue and workplace burnout. Furthermore, in light of the current tension between police and civilians, mindfulness may also offer benefit in addressing inequalities...
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VIDEO: A tool for guiding all police decisions…

Blue Line recently sat down — virtually, of course — with Dr. Judith P. Andersen, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, to discuss her team’s research into the state of de-escalation and use of force training for police in Ontario, as well as their evidence-based ‘Critical Decision Making Model,’ which was just released to the public this summer. » Read more

Blue Line, The Podcast: Education, well-being & law enforcement

The professionalization of policing has been a hot topic recently and so for our latest episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we tackle education in policing and its relationship to resilience as well as lifelong learning for leaders in law enforcement. Dr. Lauren D. Eisler, the dean of the faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, joins us for this compelling and lively conversation. » Listen now

The Strategic Constable

“With renewed tensions rising out of the United States, the profession of policing is once again under the microscope,” writes Const. Matthew Wood. “In times such as these, we might ask ourselves where to turn for guidance. Ever since my transition from the military to policing, I’ve often advocated that we might adopt some of the lessons learned from our military sisters and brothers – specifically the concept of the Strategic Corporal.” » Read more

Body cams, training, UAVs and more inside...

Thank you to those who joined us virtually on July 23 for Blue Line’s brand-new venture, our first Virtual Symposium and Product Showcase. We covered evidence-based police training, UAV updates for law enforcement, officer wellness, body-worn cameras and much more. And how about that virtual delegate bag?! Check out some of the videos now! » Watch back

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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Niagara Counterfeit and Fraud Workshop

Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2020
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