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July 3, 2018
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BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

NOVA SCOTIA

NEW BRUNSWICK

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

FEDERAL/NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Surrey needs its own independent police force, says SFU criminologist
CBC NEWS

A B.C. criminology professor says the Surrey RCMP is too understaffed to adequately deal with the city's growth — a problem that could be partly addressed, he says, if the city had its own independent police force.


Council calls for more police resources in Quesnel
BC LOCAL NEWS

The city provides funding for 21 officers and the province provides for nine; however, Mayor Bob Simpson says the Quesnel RCMP detachment has at times operated with as few as 16 officers.


Is British Columbia the corruption capital of Canada?
THE GLOBE AND ,MAIL

Is British Columbia the most corrupt province in the country? If there was any doubt before, I think it’s been safely removed now.


VPD explains how it deals with increased number of mental health calls
NEWS 1130

It’s been a five years since outgoing Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and then Vancouver Police Chief Constable Jim Chu declared a mental health crisis in the city while begging the provincial government for help and resources.


ALBERTA

Province laying groundwork to reform Police Act
THE STAR

After years of calls for reform to laws governing police in Alberta, the provincial government is set to quietly take the first steps in that long-awaited process.


No mandatory mental health assessments for police after 'critical incidents': report
CALGARY HERALD

Police officers in Calgary will have more mental health resources to lean on after the force hires three full-time experts to help members struggling with PTSD.


Calgary police will keep using drug-sniffer dogs to detect cannabis
THE STAR

Unlike their counterparts in Edmonton, the Calgary Police Service’s K-9 unit plans to continue using its drug-detection dogs to sniff out cannabis after it becomes legal on Oct. 17.


Edmonton police to continue street checks, while adopting recommendations from new report
CBC NEWS

The Edmonton Police Service will continue to conduct street checks, but will implement several recommendations from an independent review of the practice.


Edmonton police create new Indigenous engagement strategy
THE STAR

The Edmonton Police Commission has approved a new strategy for working more effectively with the city’s Indigenous community, but advocates say not enough systemic change has taken place.


Calgary police to put ‘less lethal’ weapon in patrol officers’ hands
THE STAR

Police are rolling out a use-of-force option for patrol officers that was previously used only by tactical units, a move they say will help police deal with “high-risk” situations.


SASKATCHEWAN

Body cameras coming for Saskatchewan highway patrol officers
CBC NEWS

Saskatchewan's new highway patrol officers are set to be outfitted with body cameras by August.

None of the major police agencies in Saskatchewan, including the RCMP, currently equip officers with body cameras and most say that at this point there is no active plan to do so.


Meth, gun violence, high-powered firearms behind increase in Regina SWAT calls, says team member
CBC NEWS

A 13-year-member of Regina's special weapons and tactics, or SWAT, team says a rise in gun violence and methamphetamine use, and the prevalence of higher calibre firearms is behind an increase in the unit's calls for service. 


Demand for Police and Crisis Team help with mental health and suicide risk calls increasing
THE STAR PHEONIX

When crisis worker Amanda Guldiman and Saskatoon police Const. Jeff Nachtegaele travel around the city, they do so in an unmarked vehicle to avoid drawing attention to their presence in an area.


MANITOBA

Winnipeg Police Association should step back from politics after campaign appearance, researchers say
CBC NEWS

The appearance of two Winnipeg police union executives at a campaign event for a mayoral candidate risks compromising their role as impartial enforcers of the law, some criminologists and labour relations experts say.


ONTARIO

New deal for Cornwall senior police senior, administrators
CORNWALL NEWSWATCH

There’s labour peace for a handful of senior police officers and administrators with the Cornwall Community Police Service.

The Cornwall Police Services Board and the Cornwall Police Senior Officers Association reached a new collective agreement.


Toronto area police chief faults new Ontario restrictions on carding for rise in violent crime
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

As police services in Western Canada face pressure to end street checks, an Ontario police chief is blaming the province’s crackdown on carding for a rise in violent crime, saying it has “empowered” criminals.


OIPRD says it will now release report into allegations of Thunder Bay police systemic racism in August
CBC NEWS

Ontario's Independent Police Review Director says the results of its investigation into allegations of systemic racism in the Thunder Bay Police Service will be released a bit later than expected.

The province's civilian police oversight body is examining the way city police treat the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous people. The probe began back in November 2016.


Durham police to equip some officers with body-worn cameras, but some advocates are skeptical
CBC NEWS

Some front-line police officers in Durham Region will soon be outfitted with body-worn cameras while performing regular duties starting this month, but the sister of a man who was fatally shot by Durham police five years ago says she doesn't trust officers to use them.


Amherstburg contravened Municipal Act with closed meetings on policing
WINDSOR STAR

Amherstburg council improperly closed five meetings last year when discussing a contentious proposal to switch police services to Windsor, the Ontario ombudsman ruled Friday.


Justice Gloria J. Epstein to head review of Toronto police missing persons investigations
THE STAR

The Toronto Police Services Board has appointed Justice Gloria J. Epstein to conduct its review into missing persons investigations.

The review was set in motion in March of this year, when the board unanimously approved the commission of an external investigation into how Toronto police probe missing persons cases.


Police board answers plea for more guns and gangs officers
CBC NEWS

The Ottawa Police Services Board voted unanimously Monday to make an official appeal for more officers after the police chief described just how common handguns have become on the streets.


QUEBEC

Gatineau, Que., police chief to retire in September
CBC NEWS

Gatineau police chief Mario Harel is retiring in September, after serving nearly 35 years as a police officer in the city.

Harel spent his entire career with the Gatineau police service, serving in a number of departments, including criminal investigations, crime prevention and road safety before he was appointed as acting chief in 2007.


Lone drug recognition expert policing 7 municipalities in Outaouais
CBC NEWS

The regional police force in the Outaouais has acquired its first drug recognition expert, but the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) says that number is inadequate, especially as marijuana is set to become legal this fall.


Controversial Montreal protest bylaw banning masks no longer enforced by police
CBC NEWS

A controversial Montreal bylaw that requires protesters to give their route and prohibits them from wearing masks hasn't been applied for nearly three years — and could soon be scrapped altogether. 


 NOVA SCOTIA

No Halifax police dogs will lose jobs once weed becomes legal: K-9 officer
THE STAR

The cutest members of the Halifax Regional Police team won’t be canned once cannabis becomes legal in October, according to a K-9 handler and trainer.


 NEW BRUNSWICK

Saint John police prepare for legalized marijuana by increasing number of drug experts
CBC NEWS

7 police drug recognition experts have been trained, more are expected to join their ranks.

With recreational cannabis set to become legal in October, the Saint John Police Force says it's preparing for an uptick in impaired driving.


 NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

RNC to start criminal investigation at every workplace where serious injury, death occur
CBC NEWS

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's new involvement in investigating workplace deaths or serious injuries marks a "significant difference" that could land employers and supervisors in jail if a workplace is found to be unsafe.


FEDERAL/NATIONAL

Number of police officers per Canadian hits 13-year low, Goodale told
CBC NEWS

The number of police officers per capita is at a 13-year low in Canada, putting us behind our international allies, according to a memo drafted for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.


Canada’s indigenous population is overrepresented in federal prisons — and it’s only getting worse
WASHINGTON POST

For more than two decades, Canada’s crime rate has been steadily declining. And since hitting an all-time high in 2012, Canada’s incarceration rate is slowly trending downward, too.


Minister under fire over handling of RCMP harassment amid $1.1B lawsuit
CBC NEWS

Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is facing renewed criticism over his handling of harassment and bullying inside the RCMP, in the wake of a new $1.1-billion class action lawsuit launched against the force.


INTERNATIONAL

Police and community groups join to explore how to improve oversight of APD
AUSTIN MONITOR

Austin’s system of police oversight may be more effective than others at promoting long-term change, but there’s still skepticism about the agency, according to a new report.


Facial recognition to be deployed by police across London, sparking human rights concerns
INDEPENDENT

Millions of people face the prospect of being scanned by police facial recognition technology that has sparked human rights concerns.


It’s time for the SF police union to bargain
SF EXAMINER

You know how sometimes you have some esoteric technical knowledge, but people discuss the topic incorrectly and it makes you insane but you can’t correct them without sounding pretentious? Like how classical was a period in instrumental concert music but not the entire genre? Or that a cocktail is a specific drink involving spirits and bitters, not the generic for all mixed drinks?


Supreme Court’s union ruling will have state, local impact
DAILY POST

The U.S. Supreme Court decision that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to unions that represent them in collective bargaining will likely lead to dwindling union memberships and reduced bargaining power for organized labor, experts told the Daily Post.


Will California Pass the Biggest Change to Police Use of Force in the Nation?
THE DAVIS VANGUARD

It was a rare site to see members of the Senate Public Safety Committee buck objections from law enforcement groups used to having their way, and by a 5-2 vote advance AB 931, which would change the very definition of permissible use of deadly force by police against suspects.


 

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