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Durham Police Board Calling for Radical Changes To Police Model

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is asking the province for far-reaching changes to the legislation governing police in Ontario, including allowing more police work to be outsourced to civilians. Continue reading Durham Police Board Calling for Radical Changes To Police Model

Vancouver Police Officers Take the Plunge To Raise Money for Special Olympics


Hundreds of people jumped into the water at Vancouver’s first-ever Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, and the Police staff were the first ones in the water to support the cause. Continue reading Vancouver Police Officers Take the Plunge To Raise Money for Special Olympics

Halifax Police Chief’s PTSD Among Stories In Book About Public Protectors

Chief of Halifax Regional Police Jean-Michel (J.M.) Blais
Chief of Halifax Regional Police Jean-Michel (J.M.) Blais
The chief of Halifax Regional Police opens up about his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder in journalist Janice Landry’s new book, The Price We Pay.

Chief J.M. Blais was diagnosed in 2012 but told Landry of his plight during a June 2014 interview that took place shortly after three RCMP officers were killed in Moncton.

“I’m deeply humbled that the chief would feel comfortable enough with me to open up and make this statement,” Landry said in an interview.

Landry’s father was a career firefighter who, decades ago, saved an eight-week-old infant in a horrible house fire in Halifax. Landry’s book includes an interview with a man who came forward to say he accidentally started that fire as a young boy.

“The whole reason I started working in this area was to honour my late father and his peers. I’m trying to spark discussion.”

The emotional fallout of the Moncton killings may have played a role in Blais opening up to her, Landry said.

Blais, who was a Mountie for 25 years before he switched to Halifax Regional Police, spoke to her of more than a dozen officer funerals he’s attended and three challenging trips to Haiti.

Landry hopes her book shines a light on people who face incredible challenges in their professions and elsewhere.

Read more in The Chronicle Herald.

Vancouver Police Dog Hangs On for Dear Life To Partner

A photo of K-9 officer Niko clinging to his handler's leg while rappelling down the side of a building is barking up a storm on social media.
A photo of K-9 officer Niko clinging to his handler’s leg while rappelling down the side of a building is barking up a storm on social media.
Training to be a cop isn’t for the faint of heart, but for a Vancouver police dog, it proved to be particularly ruff.

The Vancouver Police Department posted a photo on social media showing police service dog Niko in a harness while clinging to his human partner’s leg while the pair rappel down the side of a building. The image, which was shared on Oct. 22, is making international headlines this week and barking up a storm on social media.

“Hey dad… This rappelling? Yuh, I’m not a fan,” the photo caption reads.

Const. Sandra Glendinning, spokeswoman for Vancouver police, said the image was snapped while the five-year-old German Shepherd was attempting his first rappel from a five-storey building— his highest elevation yet— with his handler.

“When they came over the ledge and they started going down, he was fine for the first little bit,” she told Metro. “Then Const. Dan Ames, who is the handler in the picture, said he could feel the dog wrapping his front legs around his leg about two thirds of the way up, and the dog just kind of hung on.”

After the photo was posted online, Glendinning she was not prepared to see it fetch such a strong response, setting a record as one of VPD’s most popular images on social media.

“It’s a great image that shows the bond between a handler and a dog,” she said. “In this photo, you’ve got police service dog Niko who is clearly depending on his partner 100 per cent, and there’s a level of trust there.”  

Although Niko appears frightened while he clings to his partner, Glendinning said the dog actually took to rappelling very quickly. By wrapping his legs around his handler, she said the dog was able to stabilize himself.

Read more at Metro News.

You Are Not Alone: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Talk About Their Experiences

Je mourais à l’intérieur – I was dying inside

RCMP Constable Annabelle Dionne. Photo: Lori Wilson, Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness
RCMP Constable Annabelle Dionne. Photo: Lori Wilson, Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has distributed a video in which nine members of the RCMP reveal their distress and their experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness that contributed to the suicides of thirty Canadian first responders this year, according to the association Tema Conter Memorial Trust.

Continue reading You Are Not Alone: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Talk About Their Experiences

Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Toronto Police Officer Struck By Car


Toronto police have charged a 21-year-old man with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving without insurance after allegedly striking an officer with his car overnight.

According to police, officers attempted to pull the car over after they saw it driving the wrong way on Wilson Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle into a dead end, and that’s when they exited their cruiser to approach the driver. The driver attempted a U-turn and drove at one of the officers, striking him before driving off.

The police officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Read more at CBC.

New Toronto Police Mobile App Makes It Easier To Report Crime

The Toronto Police Service has launched a mobile app that will allow users to report crimes and quickly get information about crime prevention across the city.

Using their smart phones, residents will be able to file certain police reports, get safety alerts, locate police stations, file traffic complaints, and receive notifications from police social media accounts, among other features.

“We feel that this will help with the relationship we have with victims,” said Const. Hugh Ferguson during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

The Ottawa Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Calgary Police Service, Metro Vancouver Transit Police, and other law enforcement agencies in Canada have also launched similar mobile apps.

Read more in The Star.

Canadian Police Issue 1,735 High-Occupancy Vehicle Lane Tickets During Pan Am Games

Police busted drivers 1,735 times for misusing HOV lanes during the Pan Am Games.

Police also issued 2,000 tickets for other Highway Traffic Act violations on the 1,600 kilometre Games Route Network from June 29 to July 26.

“When you look at the number of charges itself, they’re not excessive,” said Staff-Sgt. Devin Kealey. “Basically just over 100 tickets per day.”

Fines for HOV violations range from $85 on Toronto’s highways to $110 on provincial roads, but Kealey could not give a total dollar amount for the fines as the data was not broken down by jurisdiction.

Read more in The Hamilton Spectator.

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Mountie’s Widow Sues Over Husband’s Suicide

The wife of Pierre Lemaitre, the former B.C. spokesman for the RCMP, has launched a lawsuit alleging her husband was driven to commit suicide as a result of the negligence of other RCMP officers and harassment on the job.

Sheila Lemaitre, a mother of two and a former RCMP officer herself, cites several incidents including the RCMP’s demotion of Lemaitre following the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski as contributing to his suicide in Abbotsford on July 29, 2013.

“The death of Pierre Lemaitre was a result of severe psychiatric/psychological conditions which were a direct result of his service in the RCMP and the negligence of the RCMP and members of the RCMP in the province of British Columbia,” says a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

The lawsuit says that after Dziekanski was Tasered by RCMP at Vancouver International Airport in October 2007, Lemaitre became aware that some of the information he’d released to the media was incorrect.

It says he requested permission from his superiors to correct the misinformation, but was ordered not to and then removed as media representative on the file.

A short time later, Lemaitre was demoted, assigned to desk work and then transferred to the Langley detachment, where there was no media function.

Read more in the National Post.

Source: news.nationalpost.com

Although still holding the rank of corporal in Chilliwack, he was assigned to constable duties and advised that the transfer was a punishment and that HQ had wanted to get rid of him”