Publisher's Commentary

We need an Amish judge or a new court system


Startling news that the Canadian Police Information Centre database was 400,000 records behind from 2013 was made even more crushing when it was learned the backlog will be cleared by 2017. Then, presumably, staff will begin tackling the 2014 records.

This reminds me of a police car passing an Amish carriage. In the midst of a world moving in fast forward, in spectacular reverence to science and technology, it is nice to take a break and catch a glimpse of this mode of transportation from another age. Invariably it is being drawn by a slick looking mare with a shiny coat. Its pace is a healthy trot on a good day and the rhythmic beat of the hoofs are simply inspiring to watch. A splendorous modern day glimpse of the past viewed in real-time through the eyes of the modern-day beholder.

The only other place you can get this same experience is by sitting in a courtroom.

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Blue Line Magazine April 2015 Subscribe

Connecting Creativity and Caring


Cst. Ian MacDonald's leadership goes well beyond just being a media liaison officer with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD). His specific involvement in anti gang activity and road safety not only highlights his leadership skills to the community at large but also amongst his peers.

Mistrust of police has become all too common in today's society. Stories of conflict between police and the public sells newspapers and dominates the news cycle. Trust in police has dropped across Canada and especially in BC. Today, police, crime and court reporting make up 60 per cent of news content.

News travels faster than a police car. A gangster murdered in a parking lot receives wide social media coverage within minutes of the occurrence, with many of the details tweeted out for public consumption.

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Preventative arrest okay in domestic case


Manitoba's top court has ruled that police do not have to wait until a person overtly threatens or becomes very violent before arresting them as a person "about to commit" an offence.

When officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at about 4:00 a.m in R. v. Alexson, 2015 MBCA 5, they saw and heard the accused through the living room window. He was wearing only underwear and screaming at his wife and a child that he was "pissed off." The wife and child appeared to be terrified as they were clinging to each other. When officers banged on the window and door, the wife ran to let them in and implored the officers to "take him away."

Police entered the home and noted Alexson smelled strongly of alcohol and was likely intoxicated. He became verbally abusive to both the officers and his wife. When they asked the wife to take the child to another room, Alexson got up as if to go after them. He was told to calm down but continued yelling profanities at the officers while he dressed, despite their repeated attempts to calm him down. He also clenched his fists and took up a fighting stance.

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Officer convicted of perjury


VANCOUVER - A former Mountie who was involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death and was later held up by the force as an example of a bad apple within its ranks was convicted Friday of perjury for his testimony at a public inquiry.

Former corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson was charged along with three other officers for their testimony at hearings that examined what happened when Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport and died in October 2007.

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