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A Meaningful Design: 2021 Best Dressed Award winners

Congratulations to all the winners of Blue Line’s 2021 Best Dressed Vehicle Award winners. We strive to showcase innovative and effective designs and look for clear identification, graphic designs that enhance visibility, elements that show directionality of travel, and impressive integration of equipment and controls. Congrats to La Service de police de Saguenay (1st place), Guelph Police Service (2nd place) and Le Service de police de Bromont (3rd place), as well as the University of Toronto Campus Police Department for the Law Enforcement category and the Saskatoon Police Service for the Special Services category.

Retirement: The loss of a sense of belonging

I’m not afraid to admit that I struggled with retirement after 36 years in policing. Quite a bit in fact. On occasion I still do. What I’ve come to realize is that retirement has brought me a lack of a “sense of belonging.” I belonged to the same great police department for most of my adult life. With that I had ring-side seats to the greatest show on earth. Watching from the benches isn’t nearly as gratifying. I’m not whining or complaining about my lot in life, I’m just being honest about the retired life versus a life in policing. I suspect many retirees feel the same.

The year of police SUVs: Results from the 2021 Michigan State Police Vehicle Tests

Every fall the Michigan State Police, in conjunction with the US National Institute of Justice, test the handling and performance of every new police vehicle on the market for the coming year in back-to-back acceleration, braking and lap time tests. The Michigan State Police yearly vehicle test for the 2021 model year will mark the 23rd consecutive year that Blue Line magazine has been compiling and reporting the results of the tests for police category vehicles.
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The Podcast

Blue Line, The Podcast: Const. James Jefferson, Sudbury Police

Const. James Jefferson, also the first wellness co-ordinator officer at his service, joins us for this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast to share how he endured the fallout of PTSD and has since transformed his life for the better. It’s a remarkable, heart-string tugging story you don’t want to miss. » Listen now

COVID-19 vaccinations for RCMP officers should be a priority, union tells officials

The union representing front-line RCMP officers is asking federal and provincial officials to consider Mounties for priority access to COVID-19 vaccination. The National Police Federation says inoculating its members will ensure the safety of both officers and the communities they serve. » Read now

Ottawa police officer dies by suicide

Please change it to: Ottawa Police said an officer died by suicide and they are actively working to support the officer's family and other members of the force. Peter Sloly, the incoming police chief at the time, extended his condolences online to the Ottawa Police for what he says is a tragic loss. » Read now

The ABCs of police note-taking

Documentation is far superior to relying on rote memory of an event. Complete, accurate and properly maintained notes are a fundamental aid to memory and serve as a guide during investigations and interviewing witnesses, victims, suspects and accused persons, studies show. » Read now
Blue Line Expo

Bi-weekly Laurier Webinar Series: Online public safety programs

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: March 2, 2021 – June 22, 2021
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

Location: Virtual
Date: March 4, 2021
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Blue Line Expo International

Location: Virtual
Date: April 22, 2021
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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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