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Warrantless swabbing of car door handle is unconstitutional

Swabbing the door handles of a vehicle in a public parking lot and analyzing those swabs using special equipment requires a warrant, Ontario’s top court has ruled. Our latest Case Law column delves into R. v. Wawrykiewycz, 2020 ONCA 269.

Drawing the Blue Line

As police budgets escalate at a rate in excess of inflation, there is a long-standing concern the business model of policing in Canada is unsustainable. The situation is already at a breaking point in many smaller municipalities, rural areas and much of Atlantic Canada where property taxes are stagnant. New Brunswick, for instance, is currently reviewing local and provincial policing services to “find ways to improve co-operation and safety.”

Blue Line, The Podcast: Checking in with the Canadian Police College

For the latest episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we are thrilled to welcome Assistant Commissioner Serge Côté, the executive director of the Canadian Police College (CPC), and Supt. Doug Ross, director of the School of Police Sciences with CPC to the mic and to our virtual studio.
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Inside #BLVirtual2020

Law enforcement in 2020: Inside #BLVirtual2020

On July 23, in partnership with Annex Business Media, Blue Line hosted its first Virtual Symposium & Product Showcase in an effort to connect Canada’s diverse law enforcement members, from conservation officers to corrections officers to municipal, provincial and federal police officers and beyond. Vancouver Police Chief Const. Adam Palmer, the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, opened the event, followed by RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s first Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, also provided welcoming remarks. » Read more

Halton Regional Police now equipped with ClearMasks

“The wearing of face coverings/masks is known to pose a significant barrier to the Deaf community, as masks make it harder to lip read and understand sign language,” Halton Regional Police Service announced. To better serve “the demographics of our community,” while continuing to mitigate the transmi​ssion of COVID-19, Halton Regional Police officers are now equipped with ClearMasks. » Read more

Out of the Cold — File No. 3

As you know by now, we are proactively profiling a cold case in every other issue for our readers to share in order to spark renewed interest and hopefully generate tips and information. For our August/September issue, Stephen Metelsky revisits the stabbing of Cindy Halliday 28 years ago... » Read more

Saskatchewan’s top RCMP officer leaving post, accepts job in B.C.

Saskatchewan’s top Mountie is moving on after nearly two years in the province. Commanding Officer Mark Fisher accepted a job as deputy chief of the Oak Bay Police Service in British Columbia, where he previously spent more than seven years of his 25-year career. » Read more

FBINAA 2020: Connecting Leaders

Location: Online
Date: Sept. 1-3, 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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International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference

Location: Brampton, Ont.
Date: Oct. 7-8, 2020
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