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‘I’ve never seen numbers like this’: Opioid-related deaths on the rise

The grim number of opioid overdoses and deaths has been growing steadily for years. The pandemic may have just taken everything to a whole new level. A recent report by Public Health Ontario showed that 695 people in Ontario died of a confirmed or suspected opioid-related death in the first 15 weeks of the pandemic alone—a 38 per cent increase compared to 15 weeks before the pandemic.

Researchers flag increase in COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons, jails

Rights advocates and researchers are sounding an alarm about COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons and jails, saying the numbers in recent weeks have surpassed the total during the first nine months of the pandemic. The researchers say that from March to the end of November, there were 1,864 reported novel coronavirus cases among prisoners and jail staff in Canada, more than half of which were in October and November. Since Dec. 1, there have been over 1,962 cases.

New rules on removal of illegal online content could help battle against child pornography

The federal heritage minister will soon introduce legislation aimed at compelling companies to do a better job of policing illegal content posted online — something victims of child pornography and their advocates have long called for.
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The impersonation of police officers

Despite the fact that there are many reasons why an individual would want to impersonate a police officer, there has been relatively little research into this area. We all know of cases where individuals pretend to be law enforcement officers in order to sexually assault women or children, rob banks, perpetrate a home invasion, steal drugs, or—as in one case in the United States—get into the front queue of a lineup to buy the soon-to-be released, updated version of Grand Theft Auto. By Peter Collins » Read more
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Communications and Report Writing for Law Enforcement Professionals, 5th Edition

Communications and Report Writing for Law Enforcement Professionals, 5th Edition equips Canadian policing students with the interpersonal, assessment, written, and reporting skills needed for the field. Specifically designed for various law enforcement courses, students will learn how to obtain, file, and process information, and to navigate specific scenarios such as conducting digital car searches.

Authors Jeffrey S. Rosnick and Dianna McAleer have conveniently divided this edition into two parts: communication and report writing. The first section addresses the impact of effective communication and covers oral communication, active listening, writing foundations, and various writing forms, including emails, memoranda, and letters. The second section highlights the importance of report writing skills, including general occurrence reports, witness statements, and the Crown brief, and stresses the importance of documentation in any investigation. » Shop now

Ontario issues stay at home order, Ford said police to enforce

Ontario ordered residents to stay home and declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as grim projections indicated soaring COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the health-care system in weeks. » Read more

Woodstock deploys Community Police Service

The Woodstock Police Service has officially deployed their newest policing team, the Community Response Unit (CRU) at the start of 2021. CRU is a team comprised of a sergeant and two constables who will be actively working alongside the Core Beat, Traffic, Community Service, Uniform Patrol and other Woodstock Police Service units. The addition of the CRU team will provide the means for the Woodstock Police Service to directly address the community’s needs in a more focused manner. » Read more

Happy Valley-Goose Bay crime severity index rises more than 40 per cent

Following a decline in 2018, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., saw significant increases in its crime severity index (CSI), violent crime severity index (VCSI) and non-violent crime severity index (NVCSI). » Read more

TACCOM 2021 Show

Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Date: April 23-25, 2021
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Fourth International VPD Police Judo Clinic

Location: Online
Date: April 27, 2021
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HK Memorial Hockey Tournament 2021

Location: Brampton, Ontario
Date: April 29-30, 2021
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