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Detective Thane Chartrand (Photo JGJ)
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Life Behind the Blue Wall – An Exit Interview

You hear a lot about the “thin blue line.” The media often paints an ugly picture of it by attaching negative stereotypes and connotations to the term using it in conjunction with alleged police cover ups, secrecy and criminality. People in Law Enforcement see it a different way. The “thin […]

POLICE OFFICERS AT SCENE OF DOUBLE HOMICIDE (PHOTO JGJ)
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The Police Budget – Putting Some Meat on those Bones

Threats of layoffs in the Winnipeg Police Service are nothing new. There were times during my career when I heard the same kind of rhetoric coming from City Hall. What is new this time around is the impact social media is having on the discussion.  Social media really wasn’t “a thing” […]

D/Sgt Thane Alexander Chartrand – A True Aboriginal Success Story
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D/Sgt Thane Alexander Chartrand – A True Aboriginal Success Story

I haven’t done the research on this one but I’m confident Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan hasn’t produced many top-notch Indigenous Homicide Investigators. Detective Sergeant Thane Chartrand happens to be one of them. Born on April 16th, 1969 to a Metis father and a Scottish mother, Thane would be one of a total of seven […]

Debunking the False Narrative – An Uphill Climb
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Debunking the False Narrative – An Uphill Climb

Police don’t give a shit when Indigenous women go missing or get murdered! That’s the essence of the false narrative perpetuated by Indigenous leaders, politicians and certain elements in main stream media. To me, it’s not all that surprising a 14-year-old Indigenous girl has developed a belief system based on that kind of racist messaging. […]

Making a Murderer – Conspiracy Theories, Red Herrings & White Noise
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Making a Murderer – Conspiracy Theories, Red Herrings & White Noise

If you were captivated by the Netflix series Making a Murderer you weren’t alone. I doubt many other documentaries have created the kind of buzz generated by the complex crime drama. Since the show aired I’ve had many requests to weigh in and share my perspective. One of my favourite aspects of working a homicide case […]

Constable James Forcillo (CTV News)
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Forcillo Jury Convicts on Attempt Murder – Focus Shifts to Mandatory Minimums

The verdict is in. Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo (32) has been found guilty of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim (18). He was found not guilty of charges of second degree murder and manslaughter. Forcillo pled not guilty to both charges at the start of […]

“Politicized Butchery”- The Indigenous Experience in Manitoba
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“Politicized Butchery”- The Indigenous Experience in Manitoba

“Politicized butchery,” or an issue all Manitobans should be concerned about? That’s the question. I recently read an article published in the Winnipeg Free Press titled, “Aunt of sisters charged with murder chronicles family’s painful past.” (Author – Alexandra Paul) The story is a tragic account of one woman’s experience living in a […]

"Hold Your Fire" - CBC
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“Hold Your Fire” – A Missed Opportunity

“Police have become the mental healthy agency of first resort when they should be the last,” said Vancouver Police Department Chief Jim Chu (retired) at a National Police conference in 2014. Chief Chu had tremendous insight. When I opened my email yesterday I received an interesting request.  I was asked to promote a […]