Publisher's Commentary

Peace keepers Vs. peace makers


A recent call to send "peace keepers" to Syria has once again confused police with soldiers in the public's mind. The problem has become even more acute in Canada, with its many refugees and high ethnic diversity.

Many of the new immigrants come from countries where there is little difference between the functions of police and the military. This is made even more difficult by some agencies permitting officers to wear military looking exterior armour.

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Blue Line Magazine December 2016 Subscribe

ASTYGMATISM


As people age, the shape of their eye's cornea and lens may tend to become more oblong and less perfectly spherical. This is known as astigmatism, and will cause the eye to focus on multiple points on the back of the eyeball instead of on one pinpoint spot. This is an issue that will become more common as more agencies adopt patrol carbines for street officers. It will particularly impact older officers whose eyesight may not be as sharp as it was when they were 20.

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CASE LAW


The manner in which police carry out an investigative detention can make it arbitrary, Newfoundland's highest court has ruled.

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Report clears officer but questions remain


Nov 28 2016

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - A deadly confrontation between a troubled Newfoundland man and the police officer who gunned him down at home could have been avoided, says a report released Monday.

Retired judge David Riche, named by the Mounties to oversee their investigation of the killing on RCMP turf, also raises questions about a rifle found in the home of Don Dunphy and whether he fired more shots than needed.

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