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October 2, 2018
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BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

NOVA SCOTIA

NEW BRUNSWICK

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

FEDERAL/NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Review finds former Victoria police chief committed 8 acts of misconduct
OTTAWA CITIZEN 

A former Victoria police chief “caught in a web of untruths” was handed unprecedented disciplinary action Wednesday after a review found Frank Elsner committed eight acts of misconduct under British Columbia’s Police Act.


Vancouver police board orders independent review into street checks
THE GLOBE AND MAIL  

Vancouver’s police board has ordered an independent review into the police department’s use of street checks, with the city’s mayor describing the outside report as an important next step. The board, which is chaired by Mayor Gregor Robertson and includes members of the community, recommended the independent report at a meeting Wednesday.


B.C. police chief says ‘work to do’ in wake of review of sex harassment complaints
NELSON STAR 

Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak says there is “work to do” at the Victoria Police Department followingan external investigation and report of previous police chief Frank Elsner. The Office of the Police ComplaintCommissioner of B.C. (OPCC) submitted a scathing review of how complaints against Elsner for sexualharassment were handled.


ALBERTA

Whistleblowers continue calls for change to CPS culture after chief human resource officer resigns
CTV NEWS 

The unexpected resignation and abrupt departure of the Calgary Police Service’s recently appointed chief human resource officer was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s police commission meeting and critics suggest it speaks to the ongoing issues within the force. 


Police commission looking for 'modern leader' in search for new chief
CALGARY HERALD 

As the Calgary police commission sets its sights on finding a new police chief, one local expert expects the successful candidate will be a “change agent” who will be tasked with “trying to right the ship” in key areas identified by the civilian oversight body.


Police chief dismisses comments from Kenney
LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Comments made by UCP leader Jason Kenney recently regarding local law enforcement efforts when dealing with the drug crisis in Lethbridge were dismissed on Wednesday by the City’s police chief. “It’s election time, he has to say what he has to say. I appreciate that,” said Chief Rob Davis in an interview following the regular meeting of the Lethbridge Police Commission.


SASKATCHEWAN

Police Commissioners meeting addresses stress management, crime numbers
CTV NEWS

The Board of Police Commissioners discussed critical incident stress management at its monthly meeting on Wednesday morning. Sgt. Hans Larsen talked about members of the Regina Police Service assisting the community of La Loche after the school shooting in January of 2016, along with helping local hockey teams in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.


Clive Weighill: From police chief to chief coroner
REGINA LEADER POST 

Clive Weighill left the Regina police as deputy chief in 2006 to lead the Saskatoon Police Service. After retiring as chief from the Saskatoon force last year, he relocated to Regina and was appointed to head a comprehensive review of the Office of the Chief Coroner. 


Saskatoon police chief addresses cannabis costs
SASKATOON STAR PHOENIX

Saskatoon’s new police chief says he plans to ask the city’s board of police commissioners for $114,700 to cover the cost of marijuana enforcement next year — a “small number” he admits could change as the true costs become known.


MANITOBA

Morden Police Looking To Add New Leadership Role
PEMBINA VALLEY 

Morden's Police Board is in preparation as members terms could be coming to an end. Chairperson Rich Harries explains they are in the process of providing guidance and setting the groundwork for those on the future board. Many of the discussions revolved around the budget looking forward to 2019.


ONTARIO

Durham officers gathered 4,000 videos in first two months of body-worn camera pilot: report
DURHAM REGION  

Durham police officers collected more than 4,000 videos of interactions with the public during the first two months of a pilot project involving body-worn cameras, according to a recent report to the Durham Regional Police Services Board.


Halton police forecasting $155.4 million budget
INSIDE HALTON 

The Halton Regional Police Service is projecting a 2019 budget of $155.4 million. The budget forecast was unveiled during a meeting of the Halton Regional Police Service Board on Sept. 27. The proposed budget is currently $5.3 million larger than the 2018 operating budget, which Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner says is within the Halton Region’s guideline of a 3.5 per cent increase.


Chief surprised Police College cancels fitness testing
BAY TODAY 

Like many of Ontario Police Chiefs, Shawn Devine was caught off guard about the news that the Ontario Police College is no longer offering fitness testing as part of the program.  


Toronto police launching enhanced neighbourhood officer program pilot project
GLOBAL NEWS

Toronto police will be launching a pilot project aimed at enhancing the service’s neighbourhood officer program amid ongoing concerns about gun violence and the allocation of police resources. Established in 2013, the program operates in 27 neighbourhoods in different police divisions across Toronto. 


QUEBEC

Indigenous groups say Quebec police protest tactic a form of intimidation
MONTREAL GAZETTE

A controversial red badge worn by provincial police officers expressing solidarity with colleagues alleged to have abused Indigenous women drew a cautious response this week from Quebec politicians.


NOVA SCOTIA

Scott Feener to be Bridgewater's new police chief
CBC NEWS  

Scott Feener will be the Town of Bridgewater's chief of police. Feener has been filling in as acting police chief in the Nova Scotia community for more than a year. He stepped into the role after the town's former chief of police, John Collyer, was placed on administrative leave in 2016 after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.


Councillor hopes for ‘zero tolerance’ when it comes to Halifax police using cannabis
THE STAR 

With just over two weeks to go before cannabis legalization, Halifax police don’t yet know whether they’ll be allowed to smoke recreationally, but one councillor hopes to see a “zero tolerance” approach. Police forces across Canada have been rolling out their new cannabis policies ahead of the Oct. 17 legalization date.


NEW BRUNSWICK

New Brunswick municipalities grapple with marijuana legalization after provincial election
GLOBAL NEWS

The latest New Brunswick election was a popular topic at a weekend conference involving dozens of provincial municipalities. The Union of New Brunswick Municipalities (UNBM), which represents about 60 communities across the province, held its annual meeting this weekend in Fredericton.


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 

Meet P.E.I.'s new police commissioner
CBC NEWS

Thomas Jarmyn has been appointed P.E.I.'s new police commissioner. According to a government news release, Jarmyn is a former naval officer who also practised law in Nova Scotia and Ontario and served as counsel to the federal minister of public safety.


NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

RNC preparing for 'cultural shift' of marijuna legalization
CBC NEWS

With roughly three weeks until recreational cannabis is legalized across Canada, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is ready to adjust enforcement — and the "cultural shift" they expect Oct. 17.


FEDERAL/NATIONAL

Minister of Justice Announces New Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
MARKETS INSIDER 

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P. Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced that Heidi Illingworth has been appointed to the position of Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. She replaces Sue O'Sullivan who was appointed on June 21, 2010.


Out with NAFTA, in with USMCA: Canada inks new trade deal with U.S., Mexico
WINDSOR STAR 

A new era in North American free trade dawned in the dead of night Sunday as a 14-month NAFTA modernization effort between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally came to fruition with just hours to spare before an end-of-weekend deadline.


Fallen officers honoured at police memorial
CBC NEWS 

Ottawa's police chief says officers face more challenges in the line of duty than ever before. More than one thousand officers from police forces across Canada and their families attended the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial on Parliament Hill Sunday to honour their colleagues who died in the line of duty.


INTERNATIONAL

How Operation Ceasefire Transformed Urban Policing
NEW YORKER

An inside look at one community’s radical approach to solving gang violence.


Policing Pensions
CITY JOURNAL 

On the evening of August 22, 2012, Costa Mesa city councilman Jim Righeimer heard a knock on his front door. It was a police officer—there’d been a 911 call, he said. Righeimer’s car was reportedly swerving, speeding, and running stop signs on his way home from a local bar.


Handcuffing youths caused dip in trust toward Grand Rapids police
M LIVE 

Public sentiment toward the Grand Rapids Police Department saw a slight decline last month and the police chief is pointing to an incident that he believes caused the dip. Using recently collected survey data of the community's sense of safety, satisfaction and trust in local law enforcement, Police Chief David Rahinsky said trust in police dipped about 4 percent between July and August.


Police Accountability Board is essential for public trust 
CITY NEWS 

City Council is again considering changes to the way Rochester handles complaints about police conduct. Legislation revising the police oversight process is expected to be introduced soon, and following that, Council President Loretta Scott says, there’ll be public forums and hearings.


Mental Health Awareness Training Offers More Chance for Change
AH HERALD 

Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC) is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant from the federal Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the provision of Mental Health Awareness Training. 


Garda reform will result in less public oversight of force
THE IRISH TIMES

The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland has been richly welcomed, though some questions have arisen over recommendations concerning oversight and governance. 

 

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