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Police chiefs endorse new 'Rescu' platform used to find missing kids

A new alert system that police recently used to find two missing girls has received endorsement from the country's police chiefs. The system, known as the Child Search Network, allows police to put out information on a missing child via a website and smart-phone app. Members of the public can then offer tips by clicking on the name or picture of the child.

Pornhub policies reveal legal gaps around exploitative videos

Companies like MindGeek, which owns Pornhub and numerous other sites such as YouPorn and RedTube, have thrived for years even as reports poured in about images of children and non-consensual acts, and despite laws against child pornography and sexually abusive material. No regulations explicitly require sites to screen their content—either via algorithms or human moderators—or verify the ages and consent of participants. Moreover, what constitutes “knowingly” distributing content where the individual did not give consent, a Criminal Code violation, remains unclear.

Early successes for OPP mental health pilot project

Nearly six months into the OPP Mobile Crisis Response Team pilot project, diversion rates for mental health calls have seen a noticeable increase. The pilot has three goals, improving access to mental health care, improving quality of care and resident experience improvements.
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The Calgary Police Service is hiring!

If you’re a full-time police officer currently serving in another police agency but looking for a change of scenery, Calgary is looking for you! We are currently hiring officers including through our Direct Entry Officer Program. Come join us and make a difference in the lives of the community we serve. Applications can be submitted online. » Apply now
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Approaching addiction differently

Approaching addiction differently

Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling, social media, pornography or food, addiction is prevalent in every class and culture around the world. In policing, we regularly deal with addiction at incidents or calls we attend. Addiction is also prevalent within our own membership, often used to suppress mental health issues caused by occupational trauma. By Michelle Vincent » Read now
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Mental Health Awareness: Practical Skills for First Responders

Mental Health Awareness: Practical Skills for First Responders offers a Canadian perspective on the challenges that first responders face in identifying and intervening with those in crisis. Using relevant examples and trends, this text helps readers navigate criminal justice and mental health systems in Canada, and prepares them for frontline work.

Mental health is examined through various lenses throughout the text. Both historical and emerging developments are taken into consideration, including how mental health is portrayed in pop-culture. With this solid foundation, professionals will be prepared to handle a variety of stressful situations in a way that keeps everyone involved safe.
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Family violence calls continue to rise in Alberta

Calls for family violence continue to rise in Hinton, Alta., after Hinton RCMP responded to 234 calls of family violence in 2020, a five-year record high. » Read now

Spending more time online due to COVID-19, Canadians feel increasingly vulnerable to fraudsters

Stay-at-home orders and quarantine restrictions have caused many Canadians to spend more time online buying groceries, arranging curbside pick-ups and ordering restaurant deliveries.  This has caused them to be more attuned and concerned about the threat of fraud and identity theft according to a recent consumer survey conducted by Equifax Canada. About eight-in-ten (78 per cent) surveyed Canadians indicated that they feel vulnerable as a target for fraud online, a six-point increase compared to the same survey in 2020 (72 per cent). » Read now

OPP takes over Shelburne Police Services

After more than 140 years serving the community, Shelburne Police Service (SPS) disbanded and transitioned over to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Feb. 25. » Read now
Canadian Institute

Bi-weekly Laurier Webinar Series: Online public safety programs

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: March 16, 2021 – June 22, 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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