Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Calgary Police officer who died in the line of duty laid to rest

More than a thousand Calgary Police Service members joined the family of Sgt. Andrew Harnett Saturday for a procession to honour the slain officer. A regimental funeral for Harnett was held Saturday afternoon and included the livestreamed procession following the service. (Calgary Herald)

This government overreach needs to end

I have spent the bulk of my working life in and around policing. Ordinarily, I would publicly defend the police — especially in cases of citizen journalism. I put context to what we are seeing and silence the baying hounds. (True North)

Calgary Police officer killed while conducting New Year’s traffic stop

A Calgary Police Service officer was killed on New Year’s Eve when he was hit by the driver of a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop in the northeast community of Falconridge. (Calgary Herald)

The OPP investigation into the RCMP has ramped up

Earlier this year, the Ontario Provincial Police conducted a criminal investigation into senior members of the RCMP on allegations of obstruction of justice – relating to the treatment of the RCMP officers involved in the arrest and death of Robert Dziekanski. (True North)

Vancouver Police pushes back against requested funding cuts by city council

The Vancouver Police Department could soon find itself in a dispute with city council. The VPD board submitted its 2021 budget proposal to the city this week, opting against a cut of one per cent requested by city staff, which would put the budget at $318.6 million. (CBC)

New report condemns RCMP, but what will change?

A report issued this week by former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache looked at the complaints brought against the RCMP by former members Janet Merlo and Linda Gillis Davidson. (True North)

Along the five-hour escort home, public pays its last respects to fallen OPP Const. Marc Hovingh

Dozens of local police officers lined bridges and the sides of the highway in Sudbury on Monday to salute a fallen colleague as he was transported by hearse and OPP escort to Manitoulin Island. The procession for Const. Marc Hovingh, killed Thursday in an exchange of gunfire near Gore Bay, left the Toronto area around noon and made its way through Sudbury in the late afternoon. (National Post)

Surrey Hells Angels clubhouse searched by RCMP in gun investigation

Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant overnight Friday at the Hells Angels Hardside clubhouse in connection with a gun investigation. Mounties continued with the search Saturday at the rented rancher in the 18000-block of 96 Avenue. (The Province)

Paradise lost – death of OPP officer shakes small community

GORE BAY, Ont. -  As night fell, so did the town hall flag, to half-mast, as soon as word came that OPP Const. Marc Hovingh had died. “He was a big, friendly guy,” Gore Bay Mayor Dan Osborne told me Thursday in the dark on the front porch of his home above the harbour. (Toronto Sun)

Usual groups of social justice warriors complain about Vancouver Police unit anti-crime unit

A newly formed unit established to control crime in several Vancouver neighbourhoods has led to a complaint to the Vancouver police board. Three groups allege the department’s neighbourhood response unit will “intensify disproportionate and discriminatory policing” in some downtown neighbourhoods. (The Province)