Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Inside a ‘tap on the back’ ruins a 40-year policing career

VANCOUVER - The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was created to provide independent civilian oversight over municipal police forces in British Columbia. But a string of recent cases shows the OPCC is more about overreach than oversight. (Troy Media)

Secret police study finds organized crime may have laundered $1B through Vancouver real estate

VANCOUVER - The stately $17-million mansion owned by a suspected fentanyl importer is at the end of a gated driveway on one of the priciest streets in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s most exclusive neighbourhood. A block away is a $22-million gabled manor that police have linked to a high-stakes gambler and property developer with suspected ties to the Chinese police services. (Global News)

VPD search for wanted sex offender

Vancouver Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a high-risk sexual offender who is wanted Canada-wide after failing to return to his halfway house on Wednesday evening. Fifty-year-old Gerald Richard McLean is a two-time federal offender serving a long-term supervision order after completing his original sentence for sexual assault. McLean was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 2000 and a teenager in 1995. McLean is Caucasian, 5’8”, 170 lbs., and has light brown hair, green eyes and a goatee. Anyone who sees Gerald McLean, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked not to approach him and to call 9-1-1 immediately. -30-  

Stolen Golden Retriever safely returned by RCMP in Kelowna

KELOWNA - Atlas the purloined pooch is safe at home in Kelowna after being found in Penticton, more than 60 kilometres away. Okanagan-area RCMP had been searching for Atlas, a golden retriever, since March 9 when the 18-month-old dog was lured from its fenced yard in Kelowna’s Mission district by an unknown woman. (The Province)

VPD officers investigated over relationships with officer who took her own life

Internal investigations have been launched against two Vancouver police officers over their relationships with a subordinate who died by suicide in January. Const. Nicole Chan took her own life amid a battle with mental health and depression. But now, her family is speaking out for the first time, insisting there was another major stressor in her life leading up to her death. (CTV)

Texas police officer dies after being shot in the head during robbery

DALLAS - A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer died Friday, less than 24 hours after he was shot in the head following a confrontation with a group armed robbery suspects. (Fox News)
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  • Secret Service intercepts two ‘suspicious packages’ addressed to Clinton, Obama

    NEW YORK - The United States Secret Service intercepted two "suspicious packages" addressed to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this week, the agency said Wednesday. (CNN)
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  • Next OPP Commissioner focused on policing not controversy

    When it comes to community safety, Ron Taverner says he doesn’t allow distractions to alter his focus. With that in mind, the newly named OPP commissioner says he’s not following a political controversy surrounding his appointment, but instead is concentrating on his current job while preparing to take the reigns of his next one. (Toronto Sun)
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    5 Police Officers wounded, 2 suspects dead in Houston shootout

    HOUSTON - Four police officers remain hospitalized Tuesday after being wounded in a gun battle at a southeast Houston home where drugs were allegedly being sold, according to Houston's police chief. (NBCDFW)

    Former Mountie takes aim at toothless crime watchdog, hoping Ottawa has a fix

    VICTORIA - Canada’s official watchdog on the proceeds of crime is little more than a collector of information — and not a very effective one at that, according to money-laundering expert Peter German. (Vancouver Sun)
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