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BRITISH COLUMBIA 

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

ONTARIO

MANITOBA

QUEBEC

NOVA SCOTIA

NEW BRUNSWICK

FEDERAL/NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Saanich takes lead role in exploration of regional police
TIMES COLONIST

Saanich is receiving kudos for taking a regional leadership role that includes plans to start a new conversation on policing. Council has agreed to have Mayor Richard Atwell write his mayoral counterparts in the region, inviting them to meet to explore the idea of a regional police force.


ALBERTA

Calgary police commission chair Brian Thiessen on 2017 concerns
CALGARY HERALD

In a year-end interview with Postmedia’s Yolande Cole, Calgary police commission chair Brian Thiessen highlighted some of the main issues that came before the oversight body during an eventful year, including workplace concerns within the police service, use of force and budget talks.


Calgary's top cop Roger Chaffin looks back on 'a very trying year'
CALGARY SUN

It was a year of triumph, frustration and change.Looking back on how the Calgary Police Service fared in 2017, police Chief Roger Chaffin said it was an exhausting and challenging year for the service’s more than 1,300 employees.


Police meeting with third-party reviewer on street checks as review gets underway
TORONTO METRO

Edmonton police are meeting with a third-party reviewer to discuss the practice of street checks, or carding, this week.


Edmonton Police Service launches recruitment campaign aimed at diverse applicants
CBC NEWS

The Edmonton Police Service has launched a recruitment campaign to attract a more diverse array of applicants to the force. The campaign showcases stories from EPS officers of diverse backgrounds in an effort to encourage others from "non-traditional backgrounds" to apply, police said.


SASKATCHEWAN

Regina police board among last to have more elected officials than civilians
CBC NEWS

Regina is among the last major Canadian cities to have more elected officials than civilians members governing its police board. CBC News looked at the composition of 14 different police boards across various municipalities. All had more civilian members than city councillors, with many of those civilians being provincial or council appointees.


MANITOBA

Body cameras would provide a clearer picture
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

It was last week’s police shooting — the fifth this year — that reminded me of something Deputy Police Chief Gord Perrier said during an interview conducted prior to the most recent event.


ONTARIO

Final report on investigation of Thunder Bay Police Services Board delayed until Aug. 2018
CBC NEWS

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission has granted lead investigator, Senator Murray Sinclair, a five-month extension on his examination of the actions, attitudes and civilian oversight provided by the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.


Police oversight agency investigating Hamilton board chair over carding comments
CBC NEWS

An independent police oversight agency is investigating Lloyd Ferguson, chair of Hamilton's police services board. The Ontario Civilian Police Commission launched the investigation Monday, according to Silvia Cheng, a spokeswoman for the commission.


Ottawa police to replace dying Tasers, request expanded use in 2018
OTTAWA CITIZEN

Ottawa police will replace 140 aging Tasers at a cost of more than a quarter-million dollars.


OCPC launches investigation following allegations against London Police Services Board vice-chair
GLOBAL NEWS

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) says it will investigate whether Michael Deeb, the vice-chair of the London Police Services Board (LPSB), engaged in conduct in violation of the police board’s Code of Conduct.


QUEBEC

New Montreal police chief is ready to clean house
CTV NEWS

The interim director of the Montreal police force says he's ready to clean house at the SPVM. Martin Prud'homme was named two weeks ago as the replacement for Philippe Pichet, who was relieved of his command following a devastating report on his leadership.


Montreal police union chief unrepentant after allegations dismissed
MONTREAL GAZETTE

Francoeur made his position clear during an interview Thursday on 98,5 FM, two days after a provincial police investigation into his allegations of influence peddling involving Liberal MNAs found no evidence to back up his claims.


NOVA SCOTIA

Future uncertain for Halifax organization aimed at curbing violence
CTV NEWS

An organization aimed at preventing violent crime in the Halifax area is now fighting for its future. Ceasefire Halifax has been working to eliminate violent behavior in several African Nova Scotian communities since 2012, but their funding from the federal government will run out on Sunday.


NEW BRUNSWICK

Review of sex-assault cases in New Brunswick reveals hundreds were misclassified as unfounded
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

New Brunswick is revising its approach to investigating sexual crimes and improving services for victims amidst a provincewide review of several hundred cases handled by police that exposed systemic problems.


Replacing Saint John police chief will be difficult, union says
CTV NEWS

Following his relatively brief tenure leading Saint John Police, Chief John Bates was drawing praise on Monday, even from union leaders. "He was a breath of fresh air when he walked in the building. He was walking around the building speaking to the officers, getting their input," says Dean Secord, president of the New Brunswick Police Association.


FEDERAL/ NATIONAL

The problem with cities asking for a share of the marijuana tax
MACLEAN'S

Legalizing marijuana in a country like Canada is a difficult task. In fact, some days, the individual asks and needs of 10 provinces and three territories makes the job seem almost impossible.


Create a new watchdog to review border agency, RCMP, federal report recommends
NATIONAL POST

The report, prepared for Public Safety Canada, also recommends the proposed body be able to look into trends and any systemic problems at the border services agency.


Pot policies: everything you need to know about marijuana legalization
CTV NEWS

Cannabis curious? Jonesing for your first legal joint? Either way, get ready to roll: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says marijuana will be legal by next summer.


INTERNATIONAL

Police Departments Grapple With Who Should Hold Them Accountable
GOVERNING

Sharon Fairley remembers how she felt when she first saw the dash cam video of the Chicago police shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. “Shock and concern,” she says. “It’s just heartbreaking to watch that kind of violence being done to a person.”


NAACP comes out in support of Austin police contract
KVUE

The president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP spoke out Tuesday in support of the Austin Police Association's meet-and-confer agreement with the City that will expire come Friday at midnight, something Nelson Linder called dangerous.


Changing police culture: Bill to mandate mental wellness training could save lives
TELEGRAM

In early December, Janice McCarthy of Andover began wrapping Christmas presents in her home. The gifts are not intended for her family members but children of law enforcement families who have lost their parents from suicide in recent years. 


The police say they are under pressure. Are they right?
PUBLIC SECTOR EXECUTIVE

The police service was bitterly disappointed that the chancellor said nothing about police funding in the recent Budget. We will see whether there is any better news when next year’s funding allocations are announced before Christmas.


The Perils of Big Data Policing
THE CRIME REPORT

As the criminal justice system comes to rely increasingly on computer analytics, so-called “big data” that captures and collates enormous amounts of information are being used in many cities to identify potential lawbreakers. But this form of predictive policing has also been criticized for its lack of transparency and potential for racial bias.


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