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Where the parties stand on gun control in the 2021 federal election

Gun control has been a heated political issue in Canada since the late 1970s and the major federal parties all mention firearm policy in their 2021 election platforms. The NDP offer nothing substantial. The Liberals commit to strengthening efforts to ban many assault-style rifles, while handing some authority to provinces to regulate handguns. The Conservative Party promises to crack down on gang crime, while weakening some firearm policies criticized by the gun lobby.

RCMP union concerned over enforcement of upcoming B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card

The national union representing RCMP officers says it’s concerned about recent statements by British Columbia’s premier regarding police enforcement of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine card system set to take effect Sept. 13.

Ontario police services challenge the stigma of mental health

Policing has never been harder than it is today, both with what's going on in the world and the way police are perceived. Calls for service have been increasing for mental health and addiction related issues, including a rising number of overdose deaths. The COVID-19 pandemic added an additional layer of stress. Police culture has typically stigmatized its own members who have experienced mental health issues, burnout and PTSD. That's slowly changing.
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What’s wrong with this picture?

Unmasking an implicitly and unintentionally biased photo-lineup: A case study. In the early 1990s, a purse snatching was reported in Nova Scotia. As part of their investigation, police showed a witness pictures in a mug book. The session did not result in a positive identification but, five days later, when the police had a suspect, the witness returned to examine a photo lineup. A photo of the suspect was mixed in with 10 images taken from the mug book the witness had examined five days prior. The witness selected the suspect as the perpetrator. When asked if she remembered any of the faces in the lineup from the previous mug book session, the witness testified that she did not. By Raymond M. Klein. » Read now

Mobile outreach unit brings treatment to opioid addicts in Norfolk County

A 911 call reporting an opioid overdose usually results in an ambulance and police cruiser racing to the scene. In Norfolk County, Ont., the Addiction Mobile Outreach Team van might be close behind. The team—overseen by Community Addiction and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)—brings counselling and treatment services to residents who need help, often diverting them from the criminal justice system in the process. » Read now

Sudbury police and paramedics announce new Tactical Emergency Medics Program

The Greater Sudbury Police Service and the City of Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services in Ontario celebrated the official launch of the new Tactical Emergency Medics Program on Sept. 1. » Read now

Drug users group files decriminalization lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court

A group representing drug users has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in British Columbia Supreme Court seeking to decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs, arguing criminalization during the overdose crisis violates charter rights. » Read now

IACP 2021

Location: New Orleans
Date: September 11 – 14, 2021
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Canadian Police & Peace Officers Memorial 2021 Commemoration

Location: Windsor, Ont.
Date: September 26, 2021
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Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Conference

Location: Charlottetown
Date: Oct. 12 – 15, 2021
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BlackBerry’s Annual Security Summit

Location: Virtual
Date: October 13, 2021
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Blue Line Expo

Location: Vaughan, Ont.
Date: October 28, 2021
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Law of Police Conference

Location: Vancouver
Date: November 4 – 5, 2021
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Gang and Organized Crime Professional Development Conference

Location: London, Ont.
Date: November 15 – 18, 2021
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