RCMP looking for more witnesses to serious collision

RCMP looking for more witnesses to serious collisionRCMP are looking for witnesses to an Aug. 21 accident on the south perimeter, between St. Mary’s Road and St. Anne’s Rd. at approximately 3:20 p.m. Police say a gravel truck heading east collided with several vehicles, also going east, on the Perimeter Highway. Several people were taken to the hospital where they were treated…

RCMP to provide non-medical masks to front-line police

RCMP to provide non-medical masks to front-line policeThe RCMP is following public health advice by providing front-line employees with non-medical masks.  Front-line police officers can use these masks while on duty in situations where personal protective equipment (PPE) is not required but where physical distancing may be difficult or unpredictable. Wearing non-medical masks as a courtesy to your fellow community members is becoming…

Police failures begin with bad leadership

Policing, despite its facade of altruism and professionalism, remains incredibly insular, self-promoting and conservative

Police failures begin with bad leadershipDespite several decades of celebrating community policing, certain communities have been over-policed, discriminated against and abused by systemic inequalities. The inequalities loudly and persistently decried are proven by the statistical realities of arrest and incarceration rates, and by the video evidence of victims of policing bias. Countries like Canada, Australia, Britain, France and the United…

Defunding police requires understanding the role of policing

Demystifying police work is needed to increase public support for major reforms, argues U of A sociologist

Defunding police requires understanding the role of policingTwo contrasting perspectives have emerged in response to recent calls to “defund” police. One perspective – espoused by some activists on the political left – holds that policing is fatally broken, can’t be fixed through any reforms and ought to be cancelled outright through financial asphyxiation. The second perspective argues that policing takes an outsized…

Bad leadership at the heart of police brutality

There’s no place for cowards, racists, sociopaths or murderers in a police department. And yet such officers are detected with alarming regularity

Bad leadership at the heart of police brutalityThe wave of protests across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd follows a lengthy list of protests against police misconduct. The list of misconduct includes: Rodney King, beaten by police on a freeway after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles (1991); Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant sodomized in a New…

RCMP requesting public assistance in identifying homicide victim and potential witnesses

New information in the investigation surrounding the June 24 discovery of a body in Portage la Prairie has police again calling for public assistance in identifying the victim and possible witnesses. On June 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of found human remains near Baker St., in Portage la Prairie. Investigators with Major Crimes…

Portage la Prairie RCMP investigate found human remains

Portage la Prairie RCMP investigate found human remainsOn June 24, 2020, at approximately 9:30 pm, RCMP responded to a report of found human remains near Baker Avenue, in Portage la Prairie. The identity of the remains is unknown at this time. Portage la Prairie RCMP along with our Major Crime Services, Forensic Identification Services and the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, continue to…

O’Toole versus MacKay: who’s zoomin’ who?

Police must thoroughly investigate the allegations now rocking the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race

O’Toole versus MacKay: who’s zoomin’ who?In 1985, the late soul singer Aretha Franklin released her 13th studio album, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? The album did well on the charts (the title track went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100), with significant crossover appeal due to collaborations with Annie Stewart (Eurythmics) and Peter Wolf (J. Giles Band). It became the…

Defunding police a movement whose time has come

Reallocating some police funding to social workers, making body cameras mandatory would cut unnecessary violence

Defunding police a movement whose time has comeThe last two weeks have seen an explosion of interest in defunding the police in Canada and around the world. This is not a new idea – governments have long recognized that “the current model … was obsolete, expensive and too often produced dire consequences,” and have sought “alternative, more community-responsive approaches to public safety.” Despite these…

How police departments can root out violent members

U of A sociologist recommends training, screening, higher education, more accountability and better gender balance

How police departments can root out violent membersThe global condemnation of the death of George Floyd, one of the latest in a constellation of officer-involved deaths of unarmed civilians, has grown into a worldwide social movement for disbanding or defunding police. At the far end of the debate, there are those calling for abolishing the police altogether. On the other hand, there are…