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BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

ONTARIO

NOVA SCOTIA

NEW BRUNSWICK

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

FEDERAL/NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mayors dispute commissioner's report on former Victoria police chief
CBC NEWS 

Two mayors responsible for Victoria's police department are disputing a section of a report by British Columbia's police complaints commissioner that says they mishandled harassment complaints against a former police chief.


Vancouver police change their tune in the days following a questionable cannabis confiscation
THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

In a public meeting Wednesday (Sept 26), the Vancouver Police Board passed an amendment loosening the department's regulations around cannabis consumption for all its members. This decision is one of two progressive announcements from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) relating to cannabis this week—both following a publicly condemned police seizure of cannabis meant for harm reduction efforts in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).


ALBERTA

Calgary police admit internal investigation ‘fell far short’ in Hells Angels arrest
CALGARY HERALD

Calgary police brass are apologizing for the way they handled a decade-old use of force investigation after an inquiry by Alberta’s Law Enforcement Review Board criticized the force’s sloppy handling of the case, but found no evidence of attempts to whitewash the probe.


RCMP's new commanding officer returning home to Alberta
EDMONTON JOURNAL 

Alberta’s new RCMP commanding officer is no stranger to Wild Rose Country. Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, who was named Friday as the province’s new RCMP top cop, has spent most of his almost three decades of service in Alberta, including as deputy criminal operations officer at K Division.


Calgary police to ban recreational cannabis use for officers — even off-duty
THE STAR 

Calgary police are taking a strict approach to cannabis consumption, and will entirely ban officers from using recreational cannabis after legalization. Supt. Darren Leggatt said that under the new HR policy, any CPS members qualified to carry firearms who are capable of being operationally deployed — in other words, called to a scene — will not be allowed to use recreational cannabis in any form.


Cop union calls for police commission resignation 'out of left field': criminologist
CALGARY HERALD 

A day after Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski called for the resignation of police commission chair Brian Thiessen, a local criminologist said he saw the message as something coming “out of left field.”


SASKATCHEWAN

New province wide partnership to help Sask. police improve safety of lost, missing
REGINA LEADER-POST 

Saskatchewan has become the first in Canada to enter into a provincewide partnership with the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, giving 27 police services access to an online medical database to help identify and assist lost or missing vulnerable individuals.


MANITOBA

New tool to help Manitoba police help those in a mental health crisis
GLOBAL NEWS

The province is investing more than $310,000 in a new tool to help police agencies improve how they respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. Called HealthIM, the evidence-based risk assessment tool helps officers determine the best response based on observations and potential risks.


Is crime in Winnipeg really getting worse?
CBC NEWS

Kristie Sidwall woke up on Saturday to find a door to her garage pried open. Her family never leaves that door open. Some time overnight, someone entered the attached garage, rifled through two cars and stole two bicycles.


ONTARIO

Hamilton police union head says staffing is at a “crisis” level
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

The head of the union representing Hamilton police officers says staffing is at a "crisis" level. Spearheading the allegedly serious situation, some officers from three specialized units had to be temporarily moved to front-line patrol from July until September to cover vacancies.


Learning to spot drug impaired drivers
CTV NEWS 

With marijuana about to become legal in a couple of weeks, police officers in northern Ontario are getting ready. Instructors from the Ontario Police College are in Timmins this week teaching over a dozen city and provincial officers how to conduct more comprehensive sobriety tests on drivers. 


Toronto police to expand neighbourhood officer program amid spate of shootings
CTV NEWS

Toronto's police service is set to expand an existing neighbourhood officer program in an effort to "build trust and reduce crime," but critics say it's unlikely to do either. Deputy Chief Peter Yuen, who is in charge of the police force's communities and neighbourhoods command, said the expansion will roll out in phases over the course of a year and will more than double the number of community officers on city streets.


Smiths Falls police, bylaw officers to share enforcement roles come cannabis legalization
INSIDE OTTAWA VALLEY

As cannabis legalization looms, municipalities are getting ready for a big shift. Smiths Falls is no different. Come Oct. 17, cannabis will be legal across Canada. That means the shift in enforcement of cannabis use from strictly a policing issue to one that will include a mix of police and bylaw enforcement mechanisms.


Putting the policing back in policing
TORONTO SUN

With one roster move Premier Doug Ford’s government has done something the Liberals had long ago discarded. He’s bringing policing back into policing! And not a moment to soon. In a year on its way to record shootings, stabbings and murder, the quiet move by Ford and Community Safety Minister Michael Tibollo has been heralded as vital.


Watson promises to hire 75 new police officers, 56 paramedics
CBC NEWS

Jim Watson is promising to spend millions to hire 75 new police officers and 56 paramedics over the next term of council if he's re-elected for a third time, he announced Sunday. "I think there's concern about safety in communities, particularly in those areas that have had gun violence," Watson told reporters.


NOVA SCOTIA

Meet the new Annapolis District RCMP commander - he's happy to be back in Nova Scotia
KINGS COUNTY NEWS  

Annapolis District RCMP has a new commander who’s happy to be back in Nova Scotia, returning to his roots in community policing after a 31-year career that took him to Ontario and Germany and lots of places in between.


NEW BRUNSWICK

Fredericton police make staffing changes in wake of fatal shooting
THE GLOBE AND MAIL 

Years of understaffing have created a crisis for the Fredericton Police Force in the wake of the August shooting rampage that left two officers dead, says the force’s union, with a high number of officers now off work at any given time.


NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

N.L. proposal would allow anonymous reporting of sexual assaults
THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Sexual assault victims may soon be able to report attacks anonymously to police through third parties in Newfoundland and Labrador — part of a growing trend among provinces trying to find ways of protecting victims.


RNC adds new recruit to take a bite out of crime
CBC NEWS

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has added a new pure-bred German shepherd to its ranks, saying it's the first female to join the Police Dog Services Unit. Two-year-old Dali completed 85 days of training, has been with the force for four weeks and is teaming up with Const. Pat McDonald, who had always wanted to be a police dog handler.


FEDERAL/NATIONAL

Canadian police face hurdles over staffing, lack of drug-screening devices as cannabis legalization nears
THE GLOBE AND MAIL 

Most of Canada’s police forces will confront legalized marijuana this month without a roadside-screening device to detect the presence of cannabis in drivers or the recommended number of officers trained to recognize drug impairment.


INTERNATIONAL

California Eases Crime Penalties, Boosts Scrutiny of Police
US NEWS

California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement. In his final action on legislation before leaving office in January, Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend stuck with his long-term goal of reducing mass incarceration, rehabilitating juvenile offenders, trimming lengthy prison sentences and offering second chances to the criminally convicted.


U.S. Attorney announces $493,694 grant to Wichita police
KSN NEWS 

A $493,694 federal grant will support the Wichita Police Department’s program to work with gun owners and gun dealers to reduce violent crime, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today. The grant to the Wichita Police Department comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood program.


5,000 to receive cybercrime training
IRISH EXAMINER

About 5,000 employees in 4,000 firms will be trained in cybersecurity as part of a Government-backed strategy to combat the burgeoning cyber crime industry. The Cybersecurity Skills Initiative is backed by 18 agencies, including Skillnet Ireland, the IDA, National Cyber Security Centre and the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau.


Police Commission requires SFPD officers to respect gender identities
SF EXAMINER  

The Police Commission unanimously passed a policy on Wednesday requiring officers in San Francisco to refer to transgender, gender variant and gender nonbinary individuals by their preferred pronouns. San Francisco Police Department officers who are unsure about a person’s gender identity will have to ask about their preferred pronoun rather than make assumptions under the new Department General Order.

 

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