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New issue of 10-8 police newsletter

A new issue of the 10-8 newsletter has just been released. Mike Novakowski does a great job with these newsletters. They will be of interest to any Canadian police officer or to anyone with an interest in criminal justice issues. This issue includes articles on the following topics:

  • Detention Justified: Clear Nexus Between Detainee & Crime
  • Trunk Search Lawful: Odour + Other Factors = Reasonable Grounds
  • Officers Civilly Protected By Reasonable Mistake Of Fact
  • Consent Relevant To Lawfulness Of Warrantless Dwelling Arrest
  • Youth Not Detained: s. 146 YCJA Did Not Apply
  • Stay Unwarranted: No Nexus Between Post- Investigation Charter Breach & Offences
  • Hit & Run: Intent Must Be To Avoid Civil Or Criminal Liability
  • Factors Viewed Collectively & Contextually Provide Necessary Grounds
  • Intention To Stop Arose On Public Highway: Private Property Pullover Lawful
  • Seatbelt Offence One Of Strict Liability
  • Reasonable Grounds To Be Assessed At Time Of Arrest

Things not to do at a road block

Here is a list of ten things NOT to do at a road block.

Lock down your donation boxes

Christmas is coming. If you are a retailer or a non-profit organization, now is the time to improve the security of your charitable donation boxes.

It happens so many times each year during the holiday season across the United States and Canada.  A prolific offender goes into a coffee shop, or a hardware store, or a nice boutique shop in the local mall. Really, it can happen anywhere that generous employees and business owners are collecting money for those in need. The thief grabs the donation box from the retail counter, fleeing with $30 or $40 in small change.

Inevitably this preventable crime gets huge media attention. Didn’t the suspect realize that money was for children? Who would commit such a vile act? (The answer: usually someone who is desperately seeking money to buy heroin or crack cocaine.)

McDonalds has this problem figured out. If you look at their donation boxes, they are made of metal and secured to their front counter. You need a key to open them. They are largely tamper proof:

McDonalds Donation Box

If drilling into your front counter is not an option, try improvising. Perhaps buy a security cable and a combination lock:

A security cable for donation boxes

Use a sturdy donation box made of thick plastic, wood, or metal (not cardboard). Another option is to order a donation box off the Internet. I can’t recommend any products but if you Google “secure donation box” you will probably find what you need. Finally, empty the box on a regular basis – don’t wait until after Christmas.