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Police in Thunder Bay respond to crisis calls with mental health workers

Police agencies in several parts of Northern Ontario are forming partnerships with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to have specially trained crisis workers respond to emergency calls.

Nunavut legislation would create civilian police oversight with cultural adviser

Nunavut is not closing the door on having its own police oversight body and new legislation would allow it to start hiring civilian investigative groups, says the territory’s deputy justice minister.

Collingwood/Blue Mountains OPP switch to electronic traffic tickets

Traffic stops in Collingwood and the Town of the Blue Mountains (TBM) will now be processed electronically, according to Insp. Mary Shannon, detachment commander for Collingwood and TBM OPP.
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Citizen engagement programs

Designing and delivering successful citizen engagement programs

“The impetus for greater engagement comes from an increased awareness of the need for openness, transparency and accountability in the decision-making process,” writes Jack Novack in a feature in our October issue. “It also comes from a genuine and legitimate desire for communities to be included in decisions that affect them and a recognition that an effective citizen engagement process simply produces better outcomes.” » Read more
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New In-Console Printer Solutions for 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Precision Mounting Technologies is excited to announce the release of their all new in-console printer solution for the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. This in-console printer is intended to house the Brother PocketJet 7 series printer and is designed to maximize occupant space inside the vehicle for improved safety, better ergonomics and supreme usability. Designed and manufactured in Canada, the profile of this console has been kept to a slim and desirable width – only protruding slightly in the area around the printer to provide more usable space in the cabin.
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Who’s retiring? Who’s being honoured?

Did you know Blue Line’s “Dispatches” section is also online? Find out who is retiring in the Canadian law enforcement field, who is being bestowed with awards, who is being promoted and more. Check it regularly — we’re always updating this section! » Read more

“Limited time offers” in suspect questioning

One commonly used suspect questioning tactic is what is referred to here as the “limited time offer” (LTO). The LTO involves police telling a suspect, who has typically expressed their desire to remain silent, that “now” (i.e., during the police interview) is their only or best opportunity to tell their side of the story. And further; if they remain silent during the interview and give their account later in court, no one will believe them. This LTO tactic is problematic for a number of reasons. » Read more

Solved cold case raises questions about genetic privacy

On Oct. 15, Toronto police announced that they had finally solved the 1984 murder of Christine Jessop using DNA evidence and genetic genealogy websites. Identifying Calvin Hoover as Jessop’s killer has provided immense relief to the family and those close to the case, and in particular to Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongfully convicted and later exonerated after serving 18 months in prison. » Read more

Fourth International VPD Police Judo Clinic

Location: Online
Date: Feb. 27, 2021
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