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Triple Release: Coming Soon!

Look for these three new releases to land this month! Available on DVD and OPVTAweb.

 

Vol. #155 – CEWs:  X2

NOTE: This title is available in e-course format only and is not available as a traditional video/DVD.

In November 2013, the province of Ontario officially removed restrictions on police deployment of Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs). This course, which should take 45-60 minutes to complete, delivers knowledge-based content that would otherwise be delivered in approximately two hours of classroom time. This blended approach sets up the practical and judgmental portions which follow, while giving Services more flexibility in how to efficiently schedule and deliver training. The course is comprised of five chapters: History, Legislative Considerations, How CEWs Work, the Device in Close-up and Deploying the CEW. High quality video, graphics, animations and interactive activities will help keep learners engaged, and each chapter concludes with a brief quiz. Trainers will have the option of a final “exam” or can incorporate a test at the beginning of the practical sessions. (approx.. 2 hrs)

 

156-sVol. #156 – Domestic Radicalization 

At one time, violent acts of terrorism seemed like a somewhat distant problem…taking place, and involving citizens of distant lands. 9/11 changed all that. But even when the target became North America, there was still a sense that such acts were a “foreign invasion” of sorts. Well…times change. As recent headlines confirm, incidents of domestic radicalization – the process by which individuals in Canada (usually young people) are introduced to an overtly ideological message and belief system that encourages movement towards extreme views or violence – are on the rise. Domestic Radicalization features an extended interview with Phil Gurski, who outlines the important role that front line officers play in the battle against this “threat from within”. Phil Gurski worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years, including 15 at CSIS, and assignments at Public Safety Canada and the O.P.P. Phil is the author of the 2015 book, “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-Inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West”. (18 min.)

 

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Vol. #157 – Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR)

On Father’s Day weekend in 1988, 11 year‐old Christopher Stephenson was abducted, abused and murdered by a known sex offender. Despite arriving within three minutes of the abduction, police lacked the one vital tool that may well have resulted in his safe return. “Christopher’s Law” and the Ontario Sex Offender Registry was implemented in 2000 to help apprehend offenders and protect the vulnerable in our communities. Christopher’s father, Jim Stephenson, was instrumental in having the legislation enacted, and generously spoke to the OPVTA for its new video on the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

The Ontario Sex Offender Registry provides police services with enhanced abilities to monitor sex offenders in our communities, and both prevent and solve crimes of a sexual nature through specialized information and investigative tools. OSOR legislation requires Ontario residents who are convicted of a “designated offence” to register with police in the jurisdiction where they reside. Front line officers play a crucial role in the process. Even in cases of incidental contact with an offender, documenting circumstances and details (e.g. vehicle, address, other persons present) will help promote compliance by offenders and perhaps provide the missing piece in an ongoing or future investigation.