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Sudbury’s police board supports push to make bail stricter for some offenders

First raised by the Ontario Association of Police Services Board, the calls for bail reform resurged in January, nearly a month after the killing of 28-year-old OPP Const. Greg Pierzchala. Those accused of the murder were out on bail at the time.

‘We’re not perfect’: Police chief pledges transparency

Saint John’s police chief says his force is dedicated to maintaining transparency and building public trust, after three of his officers have been cleared of criminal charges in recent months.

Victoria officer’s lost notebook obtained by criminals, used in alleged offence: cops

Victoria Police are warning dozens of people that their names and other personal information contained in an officer’s lost notebook are now being “circulated among the criminal element.”

Strathmore Battle of the Badges set for a comeback

Fans of local hockey are in for a long-anticipated contest, as Strathmore’s Battle of the Badges is set to return for the first time since 2019. Similar to the previous event, hosted prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the game will be played between the Strathmore Fire and RCMP detachments, with EMS personnel joining both teams.
CS Roundtable

Emergency Management: Are Your Prepared?

Recently, a group of emergency management professionals met to discuss everything from mental health in the profession to the lasting impacts of the pandemic to best practices and lessons learned in disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. Learn what these experts had to say! Sponsored by the Emergency Management Group and Base Camp Connect. » Learn more

Will proposed federal firearms laws reduce gun crime in Canada?

When Bill C-21 was first introduced, it was all about reducing legal handgun sales and ownership transfers, which in itself will not have any impact on rising gun crime in this country. It would only stop new and used handgun purchases by those who are either already licensed to possess restricted weapons under Canada’s already robust regulations, or those who are seeking to legally go through the rigorous steps required to be appropriately licensed. By Chris D. Lewis. » Read now

Memory, recovered memory and false memory in sexual assault and homicide investigations: Part 1

There has been a great deal written over the past couple of decades about the phenomenon of the recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. When recovered memories are shown to be false, they are regarded as a false memory. Many of these memories are iatrogenic in nature – they are suggested, supported, validated, encouraged and “recovered” through unproven and pseudo-scientific practices and methods of therapists, who are often well-meaning. By Peter Collins. » Read now

BLUE LINE, THE PODCAST: In conversation with OSCA President Sarah Kennedy

In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, editor Brittani Schroeder was joined by Ontario Special Constable Association (OSCA) President Sarah Kennedy to talk about the changes the OSCA is advocating for in the new CSPA, and about the challenges special constables face while on duty. » Read now
Annex Bookstore

A User-Friendly Handbook for First Responders

Mental Health: Self-Care for First Responders, 2nd Edition is a user-friendly handbook on common mental health challenges for first responders and helping professionals doing front-line work. The handbook includes information about identifying symptoms of stress, understanding different kinds of mental health issues, and strategies for engaging in self-care and trauma recovery. Topics covered include PTSD, chronic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, suicide, resiliency, and more.

Written to address the need for ongoing emotional support for society’s front-line workers, this is an essential resource for first responders across Canada.

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Digital investigations

Leaps in technology over the last 20 years have created some true benefits to society; real-time collaboration, cheap and reliable digital storage, the ability to perform complex processing in a matter of seconds – all things designed to simplify and speed up our lives. As technology has evolved it allowed us to complete tasks more efficiently and cost effectively. While this benefits most individuals and businesses, one area where this evolution is having an adverse effect is in the digital forensic space, especially within the realm of law enforcement. By Ryan Duquette. » Read now

Thirty-five years of police experience: Finding the sweet spot for a disciplined police department

Discipline is an extremely complex process that must be balanced and steeped in fairness and due process. It must pay close attention to facts and details and not make rash and rushed decisions. Those we serve know we are human, we will make mistakes, and can appreciate clemency and understanding towards the officer when applicable. What they don’t want to see are clear coverup attempts or simply ignoring irresponsible behavior from their public servants. By Tom Wetzel. » Read now

Police Tech Conference & Expo

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2023
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Canadian Policing Wellness Check Conference

Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: Mar. 6 – 8, 2023
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Security, Police & Fire Career Expo

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: Mar. 9, 2023
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OACP & Blue Line Expo 2023

Location: Vaughan, Ont.
Date: May 9, 2023
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