Publisher's Commentary

Ignoring parsimonious politicians

We recently gave our newly elected politicians a hand basket and everyone in policing is shy about telling them where we are going. If their lack of curiosity about policing continues, the blame will be ours when we arrive at the inevitable destination.

There haven't been many headlines about police costings for several years. The issue reared its ugly head recently when Ontario lifted its moratorium on municipalities seeking costing competitions with the provincial police.

Today's problems surrounding police really come down to two main issues – the lack of direction from the province and the bottom-line bean counters in municipal governments.

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Police Leadership Award

Sgt. Edith Turner was selected to receive this year's 's Blue Line Police Leadership Award to recognize her outstanding commitment both to the people of Winnipeg and the entire Province of Manitoba.

Through her many years of dedicated service as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), Turner has continuously striven to strengthen the relationships between the service and the aboriginal community. She has shared her skills with officers locally, nationally and internationally.

Turner dedicates her personal time to volunteer work in her home community of Misipawisitik Cree Nation and in Winnipeg to improve the well-being of aboriginal people throughout Manitoba.


Investigative detention for provincial offences not arbitrary

A detention to investigate provincial offences was lawful as it was based on a reasonable suspicion, Ontario's highest court has ruled.

In R. v. Darteh, 2016 ONCA 141 a property manager complained to police about trespassers in the apartment complex's courtyard area after 8 pm. Police on bikes checked the area and saw 24 year old Darteh carrying a partially consumed bottle of alcohol and wearing a backpack. He saw the officers and tried to open the door of the nearest residential unit, which appeared to be locked. He was unusually nervous and the officers inferred that he have been drinking in the courtyard.

Darteh was detained in front of the residence for the investigation of provincial trespass and liquor-related offences. His hand trembled as he produced a health card for identification and he leaned back against the wall. An altercation ensued in which he shoved and kicked the officers and ran into the residence. He was arrested in the front hallway of his home.


No duty to ensure detainee spoke to counsel

The implementational duties imposed under s. 10(b) of the Charter only require police to offer a reasonable opportunity to contact counsel; there is no obligation to ensure the detainee actually called a lawyer.

In R. v. Beauregard, 2016 ABCA 37 the accused was arrested on a warrant for robbery. Four masked and armed men had robbed a truck stop a little over three months earlier. Beauregard was read a standard Charter caution and replied "yeah" when asked if he wanted a lawyer. He was placed in a telephone room at the police station with a list of about 20 local lawyers, the number for Legal Aid and a phonebook. He was off the phone after five minutes.

The arresting officer entered the room and asked if he was done. "Yes," Beauregard replied. The following day, a police officer took him from his cell to an interview room. He was cautioned but nevertheless confirmed his involvement in the armed robbery during the interview. This helped prove his identity as one of the robbers.


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Former Toronto deputy police chief joins Deloitte

Apr 28 2016

One of Toronto's best-known police leaders is going to the private sector, three months after announcing his retirement and a year after a controversial management shuffle at the police force.

Peter Sloly, 49, started last Monday as an executive director at professional services firm Deloitte Canada. He will advise client companies, in particular, on how to avoid and respond to cyberattacks and on other types of risk and security management.

"Our focus is working with businesses to recognize the new threat environment," he said in an interview.