Mar 1st 2017

Toronto Police Modernization – Trust the Chief

This past week saw the release of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) Transformational Task Force report “The Way Forward: Modernizing Community Safety in Toronto.” Opponents immediately weighed in, including former Toronto mayor and current member of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, John Sewell.

Toronto Police Modernization – Trust the Chief

 

Nov 15th 2016

The plight of First Nations’ police services

Just this past week, a coroner’s inquest was held into the February 2013 in-custody suicide of 23-year old Lena Anderson on Kasabonika Lake First Nation. The young mother had been taken into custody by the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) and held in the passenger compartment of a police truck. She took her own life during a 16 minute period that she had been left alone.

The plight of First Nations’ police services

 

Sept 26th 2016

The issues emerging from the Charlotte shooting

The narrative swirling around the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police in Charlotte, North Carolina last week has raised debates on some challenging issues.

The issues emerging from the Charlotte shooting

 

Sept 12th 2016

A farewell to the chief from a fellow police officer

I heard tales of Chief William (Bill) McCormack long before we actually met.

He was legendary in homicide investigation circles in the 1970’s, when I was a young cop and voracious reader of crime stories. I yearned to be a homicide investigator of his ilk. As I matured as an officer and started progressing through the ranks, I got to know more of his leadership style. I then wanted to be a similar leader – deeply connected with our people and always putting them first.

A farewell to the chief from a fellow police officer

 

Aug 5th 2016

A police officer's job can be a dream, and an ongoing nightmare

Imagine if you will, tomorrow morning you wake up and through some strange overnight twist of fate you are suddenly a police officer. As you ponder whether or not this is a dream or nightmare, you realize you’ll have to suit up and keep the world safe tonight!

A police officer's job can be a dream, and an ongoing nightmare

 

Jul 28th 2016

Should police vigils be worthy of concern?

Between anti-police protests; a series of “questionable” police shootings of black men in the U.S.A.; a barrage of homicidal attacks on police; and some biased media commentators that continually spew vitriol against law enforcement; I’m increasingly hesitant to open the internet in the morning. But yet I do – because someone that understands the culture and the challenges faced by the men and women in blue needs to stay on top of the issues and advocate for them.

Should police vigils be worthy of concern?

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