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Day 1 - Monday, November 8, 2021

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
8:45

Keynote Address

Interview with Vancouver Police Department: End of School Liaison Officers and the Impact on Relationships Between Agencies and Schools
9:15

LIVE AUDIENCE POLLING

Action Points for Handling Public Complaints and Misconduct Offences: Key Trends and Takeaways for Policy, Training and Complaint Management
10:15
Break
10:45
How to Manage Employee Performance and When to Escalate to a Discipline Investigation: Contrasting the Police Acts and Labour Law Considerations
11:45
FOIPOP: Responding to a Surge in Information Requests while Protecting Individual Privacy – From BWCs to Police Misconduct
12:45
1:1 Networking
1:00
Lunch Break
1:45

CASE STUDY

Inside an Inter-Agency Coordination
2:30
Civil Liability Risks for Municipalities: Year in Review of Top Cases and Need-to-Know Developments
3:30
Break
3:45

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

Media Coverage and Public Confidence: Perspectives on Engaging with News Media in Good Times and in Bad
4:30

LIVE AUDIENCE POLLING

Building Public Trust through Community Policing Initiatives: “On the Ground” Experiences and Takeaways
5:15
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Day 2 - Tuesday, November 9, 2021

8:50
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:00

Keynote Address

Strengthening Public Confidence in Police Officers, Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies
9:30
Preserving the Integrity of Digital Evidence Management Prior to Courtroom Proceedings
10:30
Break
11:00

CASE STUDY

Surrey Police Service Update: Transitioning from Federal to Municipal Policing
11:45
Learned from Street Check Moratoriums: Common Misconceptions and the Latest Changes in Authority to Arrest and Detention Procedures
12:15
Handling Human Rights Complaints from Racial Profiling to Street Checks
12:45
Lunch Break
1:30

Fireside Chat

Police Reform and the Ongoing Commitment to Public Safety
2:00

MOCK TESTIMONY

Preparing to Testify in Court: Real-World Tips and Traps to Avoid
3:00
Break
3:15

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

Search and Seizure of Electronic Devices: Critical Factors for Search of Contents of Devices and How Recent Case Laws are Changing Procedure
4:15
Production Orders for Electronic Evidence Vs. Special Warrants – When You Need Them and When You Don’t – From Phone Records to Financials
5:15
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Day 1 - Monday, November 8, 2021

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Keitha Elvin-Jensen
Senior Counsel
Justice Canada

R. Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

8:45

Keynote Address

Interview with Vancouver Police Department: End of School Liaison Officers and the Impact on Relationships Between Agencies and Schools

Fiona Wilson
Deputy Chief Constable
Vancouver Police Department

In the wake of some school boards ending their liaison officer programs, this important opening session will discuss how the removal of school liaison officers came to be, the anticipated impact on youth and what the relationship between police and schools will look like in the future.

  • Identifying hallmarks of why the school board ended the program
  • Lessons learned and takeaways for other jurisdictions
  • What does an “evolving” relationship with school boards mean going forward?
  • Emerging critical challenges under YCJA
    • Attending school property
    • Search and seizure on school property, such as lockers
    • Apprehension of a minor on school property

9:15

LIVE AUDIENCE POLLING

Action Points for Handling Public Complaints and Misconduct Offences: Key Trends and Takeaways for Policy, Training and Complaint Management

Kevin Kobi
Intake Manager, Professional Standards Branch
Edmonton Police Service

Deborah Petriuk
Public Complaint Director & Legal Counsel
Calgary Police Commission

Naomi Krueger
Associate
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

A broad look at the most common complaints against police officers from dis-credible conduct to racial profiling and discussing their validity. Participate in live anonymous polling as we discuss what positive actions can be taken to reduce complaints and manage complaints effectively?

Part I:
Taking stock of emerging complaints

  • Analyzing the most common complaints against officers, including:
    • Validating the complaint
    • Gauging the level of severity
    • Performance actions taken against the officers
    • Actions communicated to the complainant and/or general public

Part II:
Action Items

  • How can the role of a police agency as a customer service a provider reduce complaints?
  • What role can public education campaigns and community policing initiatives play in reducing complaints?
  • Discuss the correlation between training initiatives and a reduction in complaints 

10:15
Break
10:45
How to Manage Employee Performance and When to Escalate to a Discipline Investigation: Contrasting the Police Acts and Labour Law Considerations

Gavin Marshall
Partner
Roper Greyell LLP

  • The anatomy of a discipline investigation under the provinces’ respective Police Service Act and Police Act
  • Triaging workplace complaints against a police employee
  • Actions to resolve employee conflicts and or performance challenges internally
  • Examining the threshold for escalating a performance challenge to a discipline investigation
  • Best practices for “no contact provisions”
  • Examining specific challenges for employees under probation
  • Examining the threshold for dismissal

11:45
FOIPOP: Responding to a Surge in Information Requests while Protecting Individual Privacy – From BWCs to Police Misconduct

Tom Engel
Counsel
Engel Law

Cara-Lynn Stelmack
Director, Mediation and Investigation
Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Moderator:

R. Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

As police agencies across the country adopt body-worn cameras, the number of FOIPOP requests are increasing. This session will delve into the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) which allows members of the general public access to document, record or file held by the government, regardless of format.

  • Best practices for streamlining FOIPOP requests 
  • Balancing an individual’s right to access documents, and an individual’s right to privacy
  • Clarifying the exceptions including:
    • Protecting against unreasonable invasion of personal privacy
    • Protecting law enforcement activities
    • Safeguard the business conducted by government
  • Addressing the challenges with FOIPOP requests for body-worn or car camera footage
  • Resolving challenges with FOIPOP requests for officer disciplinary reviews

12:45
1:1 Networking

Make new connections, face-to-face through a series of random 1:1 meet-ups. Expand your network and exchange contact details!

1:00
Lunch Break
1:45

CASE STUDY

Inside an Inter-Agency Coordination

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2:30
Civil Liability Risks for Municipalities: Year in Review of Top Cases and Need-to-Know Developments

Doug Brown
Director of Legal Services, City Solicitor
City of Winnipeg

Supt. Mark Le Page, MOM, MBA, CPHR
A/Human Resources Officer, O I/C Employee & Management Relations Section
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Moderator:

R. Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

  • Validating claims against police and the Crown, and disproving false claims
  • Evaluating trends in civil suites
  • Grounds for litigation against police: false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligent investigation, door breaches and charges stayed and dismissed
  • Vehicle crashes involving third parties 
  • Duty of care and wrongful death investigations

3:30
Break
3:45

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

Media Coverage and Public Confidence: Perspectives on Engaging with News Media in Good Times and in Bad

Cherri Greeno
Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Chair
Ontario Media Relations Officers Network

During this practical, interactive session, faculty members will take you through a series of hypothetical scenarios and provide best practices for:

  • Crisis communication dos and don’ts when interacting with news media and social media
  • Handling corrections, misinformation and fake news swiftly and efficiently
  • Exploring how everyday interactions with news media representatives can build common ground
  • Showcasing “good news” stories to promote your police agency and improve community relations

4:30

LIVE AUDIENCE POLLING

Building Public Trust through Community Policing Initiatives: “On the Ground” Experiences and Takeaways

Keith Blake
Chief of Police
Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service

Brittany Ouellette
Executive Officer
Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service

A look at how a police service has worked with its Indigenous community members to create a unique policing strategy, build community trust, and improve police investigations amid sociopolitical tensions and historical trauma. Delegates will be invited to benchmark with fellow participants during this live anonymous polling session.

  • Identifying your community’s unique values and priorities, and what can be learned through surveys
  • Establishing two-way communication with community members before there is an incident
  • Building community trust amid historical trauma and or during ongoing political-social tension
  • Calculating the return on investment

5:15
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Day 2 - Tuesday, November 9, 2021

8:50
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:00

Keynote Address

Strengthening Public Confidence in Police Officers, Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies

Kelechi “Kaycee” Madu, QC
Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Government of Alberta

9:30
Preserving the Integrity of Digital Evidence Management Prior to Courtroom Proceedings

David Jones
Chief Officer
Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Jim Hughes
Chief Legal Technology Counsel
British Columbia Prosecution Services

  • Securing the evidence trail
  • Authenticating digital evidence obtained from private citizens
  • What constitutes manipulated digital evidence
  • Presenting digital evidence in court

10:30
Break
11:00

CASE STUDY

Surrey Police Service Update: Transitioning from Federal to Municipal Policing

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

Norm Lipinski, O.O.M., M.B.A, LL.B
Chief Constable
Surrey Police Service

In 2018, the City of Surrey initiated the transition to a municipal policing model. This session will look at the 2019 Surrey Policing Transition Plan and the two-year implement timeline.

  • Reconciling the public support and the statistical data for a municipal police service 
  • Highlighting elements from the proposed policing model
    • Staffing levels and community partnerships
    • Financial projections
  • Maintaining existing assets versus acquiring new
  • Managing active investigation files amid transition

11:45
Learned from Street Check Moratoriums: Common Misconceptions and the Latest Changes in Authority to Arrest and Detention Procedures

Dean Stienburg
President
Halifax Regional Police Association

As police departments across Canada phased out street checks and carding, this session will delve into the evolving legal challenges around arrest and detention parameters. Gain best practices for handling some of the more challenging circumstances.

  • Ensuring the subject is aware of their rights, with considerations for possible:
    • Impairment
    • Mental health
    • Physical and intellectual disabilities
    • Language barriers

12:15
Handling Human Rights Complaints from Racial Profiling to Street Checks

David T. McKnight
Partner
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

12:45
Lunch Break
1:30

Fireside Chat

Police Reform and the Ongoing Commitment to Public Safety

A/Commr. Maureen E. Levy
District Commander, Lower Mainland District
RCMP E Division

Provinces and territories across Canada are reviewing the police legislation, including British Columbia where a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act is tasked with making recommendations to modernize policing under the Police Act. This session will look at the ongoing review work including processes, timelines, and any early findings.

2:00

MOCK TESTIMONY

Preparing to Testify in Court: Real-World Tips and Traps to Avoid

Martin Allen
General Counsel
Independent Investigations Office of BC

David G. Butcher Q.C.
Lawyer
Wilson Butcher Barristers

Joseph M. Doyle, Q.C.

Johnson Doyle

Watch the speakers perform a mock testimony and cross examination. Then take a critical look at what worked and what didn’t work, and the lessons learned.

  • Dissecting your interaction with a person from start-to-finish and analyzing how that interaction will be reviewed in court
  • Articulating your authority and actions
  • Asserting your credibility, demeanor, and other considerations during testimony — best practices for effective witnesses
  • How your notebook can save the day

3:00
Break
3:15

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

Search and Seizure of Electronic Devices: Critical Factors for Search of Contents of Devices and How Recent Case Laws are Changing Procedure

Sgt. David Bell-Irving LL.M.

RCMP National Security (British Columbia)

Shelley Tkatch
General Counsel
Public Prosecution Service of Canada

During this practical, interactive session, faculty members will take you through a series of hypothetical scenarios and provide best practices for:

  • Devices search warrants dos and don’ts, case law updates and practical applications, including when a warrant is needed, and use of limiting terms or search protocols in warrants
  • Considerations for consent searches;
  • Current law on search of cell phones at the border;
  • Navigating challenges to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Assessing the reasonable expectation of information privacy in the wake of R v. Marakah (2017) and R. v. Jones (2017)

4:15
Production Orders for Electronic Evidence Vs. Special Warrants – When You Need Them and When You Don’t – From Phone Records to Financials

Supt. Lisa Byrne
Investigative Services Section
Vancouver Police Department

Keitha Elvin-Jensen
Senior Counsel
Justice Canada

Jonathan P.R. Desbarats
Counsel
Pender Litigation

  • Evaluating when a production order is required over a simple request
  • Determining the reasonable expectation of privacy in the records of their cell phone activity with a look at R. v. Rogers Communications Partnership (2016),
  • Issuing production orders for digital records including, handling, collecting and managing evidence
  • Establishing reasonable grounds that an offence has occurred
  • Presenting electronic evidence in court 
  • When can a media source contest a production order, with a look at R. v. Vice Media Inc. (2018)

5:15
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs