Publisher's Commentary


Eugène François Vidocq, the founder of French policing, encouraged and espoused a police service devoid of military affiliation. Later, Sir Robert Peel agreed. Both men argued that the establishment and maintenance of policing must be by public consent.

How does policing today measure up to their standards? There certainly has been a slow erosion but things can be done to narrow the gap and increase the public's confidence that local police still seek and appreciate their approval and consent.

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of women in uniform. Women have been an integral part of the service since its inception in 1909 but were not recruited to uniform ranks until almost 65 years later.

Referred to as 'girls' in the OPP Review magazine in 1974, then Commissioner Harold Graham proudly acknowledged that there was a definite role for women in policing but with one caveat – they had to qualify for positions in the same manner as men. The only difference was a variance in the height and weight restrictions – they had to be at least 5'4" and 110 pounds.

Interestingly, there was a mandatory training component for women. They participated in 20 hours of judo, which was optional for male recruits at the time.


Warrantless phone search ruled lawful

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has upheld the warrantless forensic search of a cell-phone incidental to arrest.

In R. v. Cater, 2014 NSCA 74 police launched a massive joint investigation, code named Operation Intrude, into the Spryfield Mob criminal organization for a variety of crimes, including drugs and guns. Police obtained an authorization to intercept the private communications of individuals believed to be involved.

Cater, one of the named targets, was arrested as part of the "take-down" day involving about 100 police officers. Several firearms were found in a search of his father's home. Cater's Samsung cell phone was seized during the booking process at the police station. An officer removed the battery later that day to prevent damage to evidence stored inside.


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Standards needed for information sharing

Nov 17 2014

OTTAWA - Canada will have trouble fighting homegrown terrorism until law enforcement agencies do a better job sharing information, Conservative Sen. Vernon White, Ottawa’s former police chief, said Monday.

White told a senate committee police need some standards for sharing information on those with extremist tendencies.

“I am not certain that our future is bright,” Vernon said. “We need to be able to combat this.”