Defunding the Police?

What does Defunding really mean? The global movement has both merits and challenges. Generally speaking, the demands are broad, but one statement comes through loud and clear: there has to be a re-imagining of public safety and the police role within it. Let's deconstruct the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. [node:read-more:link]

What Right Looks Like in 2020

Since May 25th, thousands of people of all ethnicities have taken to the streets in multiple cities around the world, as a groundswell movement for real and equal justice for all people began to take hold. Will 2020 finally be the year in which listening turns to hearing, and then to action? Change has indeed begun. Hopefully our leaders will embrace and assist this grassroots progress, but if not, to borrow from General Mattis, we can still do it together. What will you do? [node:read-more:link]

The Role of Local Police

(April 2009) Striking a Balance Between Immigration Enforcement and Civil Liberties. This report presents findings and recommendations from the Police Foundation's year-long national effort that examined the implications of immigration enforcement at the local level. The project brought together law enforcement executives, policy makers, elected officials, scholars, and community representatives in a series of focus groups across the country and at a national conference in Washington. [node:read-more:link]

Strategies for Minority Police Recruitment

28 January 28, 2020 (Arizona) – Most police agencies in North America have acknowledged a deficiency in female and minority recruits. A new report from Trident University, entitled Signaling Diversity: A Study of Recruitment Strategies for Female and Minority Police Candidates, helps police services develop strategies to attract diverse and minority candidates to their respective organizations. [node:read-more:link]

Fredericton shooter not criminally responsible

A New Brunswick man who killed two police officers and two civilians in Fredericton in August 2018 has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. The 11-member’s jury’s decision was reached after several days of deliberation. Matthew Raymond’s defence counsel has said the admitted shooter would be institutionalized indefinitely and subject to regular assessments. [node:read-more:link]

Crowd Management 2020

Toronto Police Service Trainers examine at recent protests from a best practices and crowd management perspective. Updated and consistent training is one part of the solution to change response tactics from aggressive escalation to serving the public right to peaceful protest. [node:read-more:link]

Government urged to act on gun controls

Taking up Prime Minister Trudeau’s election campaign promise to ban military-style “assault rifles,” a Montreal group is urging Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to make good on it. PolySeSouvient includes students and graduates of Ecole Polytechnique, where 14 women were shot in 1989. An aide to Blair says the minister appreciates the group’s support for Trudeau’s commitment. [node:read-more:link]

Facial recognition challenged

Draft bipartisan legislation which would require law enforcement to have a warrant to use facial recognition technology to track U.S. citizens has been introduced in Congress by Delaware Democrat Chris Coons and Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee. The growing use of facial recognition has raised concerns about individual privacy and civil liberties. [node:read-more:link]

Law enforcement and drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that although law enforcement is an important source of information during investigations of incidents involving small unmanned aerial systems, there is confusion about how police should respond to those incidents or what information they can shared with inspectors. This is according to a Government Accounting Office report which also faults the FAA for not consistently communicating its needs to law enforcement agencies. [node:read-more:link]

French police officers killed

Four police officers in Paris have been killed by a colleague at their headquarters before the assailant was shot by other officers. An official of the police union said the attack apparently began in an office and continued else in the compound near Notre Dame. [node:read-more:link]

Firearms controls planned

Some “assault-style” rifles could be prohibited, and firearms possession and storage rules stiffened, by a re-elected Liberal government, according to Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. The former Toronto police chief says the plans will be detailed soon as part of the Liberals’ campaign platform for the Oct. 21 election. [node:read-more:link]

Money-laundering mounts up

The Angus Reid Institute says the vast majority of Canadians see money-laundering as a critial issue in the aftermath of an expert panel’s conclusion that the annual flow-through could be nearly $50 billion. The last federal budget proposed several countermeasures but many Canadians evidently feel the government is not being aggressive enough. [node:read-more:link]


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