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Mental Health Calls

As the pandemic persists in Canada, the psychological toll of the lockdown has become increasingly clear. Newly released data from police agencies, the Ontario Medical Association, mental health organizations and researchers across the country show a surge in mental health needs that experts say will linger for years.

A case for an integrated interdisciplinary approach

The challenges law enforcement faced over the past year has resulted in a collaborative commitment from police leaders across Canada. Departments are now actively working toward a collective goal of reducing conflict during police-civilian encounters minimizing use of force and preventing injury. By Lori Horne

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.
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Amy Ramsay

Blue Line, The Podcast: The importance of education in policing with Amy Ramsay

Amy Ramsay is the past president of the International Association of Women Police and the founding president of the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement. She joins Blue Line editor Brieanna Charlebois for a conversation on the importance of education within the Canadian police service. » Listen now

Ottawa funds ‘vending machines’ that dispense safer drugs to prevent overdoses

The federal government has provided nearly $3.5 million in funding for vending machines that will dispense a medical-grade opioid to drug users in four cities in an effort to prevent overdose deaths. » Read now

Policing and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Policing is evolving at a rapid pace and officers must stay updated on changes to legislation, technology and social issues to be proficient in their role. One of the critical health and social issues impacting society is prenatal alcohol exposure, also known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. By Peter Wigand » Read now

Q&A: Inspector Derek West

Community Services Inspector Derek West from the Thunder Bay Police Service in Ontario, discusses the department’s recent partnership with the Thunder Bay branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT) Pilot Project was launched on Jan. 4 and is set to run for the next year. » Read now
Canadian Institute

Bi-weekly Laurier Webinar Series: Online public safety programs

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: March 30, 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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