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June 5, 2018
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BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

NEWFOUNDLAND

FEDERAL/NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH COLUMBIA

New chief named for Abbotsford Police Department
ABBY NEWS

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) will have a new chief as of Oct. 1. The Abbotsford Police Board announced yesterday that Mike Serr, who currently serves as deputy chief of operations, will take over from retiring Chief Const. Bob Rich, whose last day is Sept. 30 after 10 years with the APD.


Retired police chief Jim Cessford to run for mayor in Delta
VANCOUVER SUN

Change is afoot in Delta city politics, and former longtime police chief Jim Cessford wants to be in the middle of the action during this fall’s municipal election.


Adam Palmer will be VPD chief until 2023
VANCOUVER COURIER

The Vancouver Police Board has given Police Chief Adam Palmer an extension on his contract that will see him lead the 1,300-member department until May 2023. Mayor Gregor Robertson, who doubles as chairperson of the police board, said Palmer had exceeded expectations in all areas of his job since being sworn in as chief in May 2015.


ALBERTA

Review of use of force by Calgary police highlights training gaps, provincial delays
THE STAR

An independent probe of the Calgary Police Service’s use of lethal force released Tuesday calls for expansive overhauls to how Alberta regulates police and investigates when officers are accused of shooting civilians.


After seven years and a court ruling against police chief, officer accused of leaking colleague's career dreams heads to disciplinary hearing
EDMONTON JOURNAL

An Edmonton police officer accused of improperly providing information to a civilian about a colleague’s career aspirations is expected to enter a plea later this summer.


Alberta fentanyl deaths decrease in early 2018, as Calgary area continues to have highest rate
CALGARY HERALD

The number of fentanyl deaths across the province decreased in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report from Alberta Health, which indicates 158 people died from overdoses linked to the opioid between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31.


RCMP starting internal top 10
FORT SASKATCHEWAN RECORD

During a policing town hall meeting on May 24, the local RCMP detachment gave an overview on ways to tackle crime including a new strategy around developing a kind of internal top 10 list. Staff Sgt. Mike McCauley, the officer in charge of the Fort RCMP, said the goal of the list is to have everyone pulling in the same direction.


SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan justice minister says Regina police should name murder victims
CBC NEWS

Saskatchewan's justice minister is concerned with the Regina Police Service's quiet decision not to name every homicide victim. From now on, Regina police plan to only disclose the names of homicide victims in certain circumstances pertaining to public safety or public interest. Otherwise, spokesperson Elizabeth Popowich said earlier this week, if charges are laid, a victim's name will be released through court documents.


Use of Force discussed at Board Of Police Commissioners meeting in Regina
620 CKRM

From 2016 to 2017, police saw a rise in soft physical control, pointing a firearm and use of a controlled energy weapon or a taser, as its more commonly referred to. This was, they said, is due to the increase in  mental health issues, gang related activity and alcohol and drug issues in the Queen City.


MANITOBA

DOPS prepares for rebranding
PORTAGE DAILYGRAPHIC

The organization announced today that effective June 1, DOPS will officially begin its transition to Manitoba First Nations Police in an effort to be recognized as an inclusive organization to all First Nations in Manitoba.


Longtime Winnipeg police officer announces mayoral run
GLOBAL NEWS

Tim Diack is the latest candidate to put his name on the ballot for the mayoral election later this year. Diack is a 30-year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service, and joins Jenny Motkaluk, Doug Wilson, Umar Hayat and Don Woodstock in challenging incumbent Brian Bowman for the role.


ONTARIO

Toronto Police to embark on six-month pilot project for using body-scanners
THE STAR

Toronto Police are moving ahead with a six-month pilot project as they prepare to use body-scanners. The scanners are intended to locate evidence or contraband without “level 3” searches, also known as strip searches, police said in a press release Thursday. The use of the technology will not eliminate the use of strip-searches entirely, the police added.


Ottawa police union endorses PCs
CBC NEWS

The Ottawa Police Association has picked a side in the Ontario election, and its president is making no apologies for firmly throwing the union's support behind Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives. "The police association represents the interests of the members as well as the profession of policing, so part of our role is to advocate, even lobby," said Matt Skof. "It's no different than doctors' or nurses' associations."


Police Chief Phil Nelson spent nearly 44 years protecting Sarnia
THE OBSERVER

Listening to people, ready to hear the positive and negative about policing has been retiring Chief Phil Nelson's guiding principle for nearly 44 years. It was not a principle he acquired on the job but from his father. “He said never judge people until you know what they are about. That's helped me in policing,” said Nelson as he neared the end of his last day, Thursday.


Meeting to discuss future of Amherstburg policing
CTV NEWS

The future of policing duties in Amherstburg will be the focus of an upcoming meeting. The Ontario Civilian Police Commission has scheduled public meetings and submissions at The Libro Centre from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday June 26. The meeting is part of the application for Windsor police to take over Amerstburg's police services in the new year.


Thunder Bay police unlawfully arrested First Nations man: provincial watchdog
CBC NEWS

A police service currently facing a systemic racism investigation unlawfully arrested a First Nations man who happened to be carrying the wrong brand of coffee cup at the wrong time, according to Ontario's provincial police watchdog.


Chief of Ottawa Police answering, 'Is Ottawa a safe city?'
OTTAWA MATTERS

A Sunday evening neighbour dispute ends with a man shot dead, and a woman in hospital, while an employee working in the Christian Science Reading Room on May 24 is attacked and beaten, later dying of her injuries.


Well-being plan panned
RECORDER

A new requirement to compile a “community safety and well-being plan” had members of Brockville’s police services board feeling rather unwell Thursday. “There’s another $50,000 in a study,” Coun. Tom Blanchard, a council representative on the police board, lamented when told of the new requirement, part of the newly-revised Police Services Act.


Durham police association president renews call for vetting of SIU charges
DURHAM REGION

The president of the union that represents Durham police officers is once again raising concerns about the process followed by the Special Investigations Unit in laying charges against police. Durham Regional Police Association president Randy Henning renewed his call for cases handled by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to be vetted by the provincial Crown attorney’s office prior to charges being laid.


Toronto police officer on paid suspension for 11 years could finally be fired
CBC NEWS

A Toronto police officer who has been collecting a public service paycheque during a roughly 11-year suspension will learn his fate today. Const. Ioan-Florin Floria was arrested in 2007, accused by his employer of blocking a kidnapping investigation and using his position to aid a criminal organization. 


Increased murder and mayhem 'new norm' for Toronto?
TORONTO SUN

In the wake of a recent spate of murders — and with gunfire erupting more than twice as often as it did a few years ago — the Toronto Police union boss says it’s time to ask a dark question. “Is this the new norm for our city?”


Ratio of badged officers declines as civilian jobs increase in Waterloo Region
CAMBRIDGE NEWS

The Waterloo Regional Police Service continues to operate with fewer badged officers per capita than the provincial and national average, according to a report presented to the region’s police services board. The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, which released its annual report at the end of March, found Waterloo region’s police organization is operating with 776 police officers in 2017, at a rate of 141 officers per 100,000 residents.


QUEBEC

Montreal's ex-police chief is going to court to demand his job back
CBC NEWS

Montreal's former police chief Philippe Pichet is suing the City of Montreal, the Public Security Minister and Quebec government for the way they handled his suspension. Pichet says he was essentially fired when he was indefinitely suspended with pay last December amid scandals within the Montreal police's internal investigations unit.


Montreal's Indigenous homeless women face roadblocks in quest for justice
CBC NEWS

On any given week, Jessica Quijano estimates she hears two or three complaints of sexual assault from her clients — predominantly homeless Indigenous women staying in Montreal's west end. But she says helping victims navigate the legal system with their complaints ranges from challenging to impossible.


NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Officers are trained to handle volatile situations, says police expert
CBC NEWS

A Canadian expert in police training says recent shifts in education put new emphasis on handling volatile situations without the use of force. Terry Coleman has worked with the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, P.E.I., on education and training in de-escalation and talking to people with mental health issues and helping with crisis intervention.


FEDERAL/NATIONAL

Why are Canadian police forces increasingly refusing to release the names of murder victims?
NATIONAL POST

Regina Police announced this week they would no longer release the names of homicide victims. Aside from unique cases, anyone murdered in the city would henceforth remain anonymous until their name is revealed in court or by family.


Ottawa looks at regulating imitation guns after police shootings
CBC NEWS

The Trudeau government is looking into whether it should regulate imitation firearms following three Toronto incidents which saw police shoot and kill men brandishing relatively harmless guns. Dr. Dirk ​Huyer, Ontario's chief coroner, alerted federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her officials to the cases, which led three coroner juries to recommend Ottawa revise the Criminal Code to help prevent such fatalities.


INTERNATIONAL

Opinion: The Police Review Commission and police accountability
BERKELEY SIDE

Internal investigations of alleged misconduct are a necessary burden that officers in police agencies across the country must bear. In fact, the history of actual misconduct in policing in America is so well-documented in the present age, that police departments would be naively remiss to assume that it can’t happen to them. 


Advocates: Proposed Oversight Agency Would Restore ‘Power To The People’
WBEZ

Only one of four proposals for civilian oversight of Chicago police puts “all of the power” into the hands of civilians, according to an organizer with the group that authored the plan. 


4 Years After Eric Garner’s Death, Secrecy Law on Police Discipline Remains Unchanged
THE NEW YORK TIMES

The legal battle over a New York City police officer’s disciplinary records after the chokehold death of Eric Garner in 2014 cast an obscure statute into the spotlight.


Gun violence is a disease — has DC found a cure?
THE HILL

In the wake of several high-profile police shootings, and as the momentum of the youth-led gun control movement continues to carry forward, the American public is taking a renewed interest in solutions to the wicked problems of public safety, gun violence, and police accountability.


Viral videos raise concerns about everyday racial profiling
SF GATE

Sitting in his car outside a boarded-up house on a recent Saturday morning, Michael Hayes went through the mental checklist of things he does to make sure suspicious people know he is an enterprising young real estate investor, not a burglar or a drug addict.


California is on the verge of three important steps toward police accountability
LA TIMES

Californians have lost much of their former ability to monitor the performance of police officers and agencies, due in large part to a series of unfavorable court rulings and to the timidity of elected leaders who repeatedly bowed to pressure from law enforcement labor unions.


 

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