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Smart Policing in Smart Cities
The role of police agencies and emergency management services, and the adoption of new technology to make the smart city engine work is no longer a conversation of the future. Smart cities must provide physical safety, cyber security and data privacy for all people, communities and organizations. Proactive integrated service delivery and inter-agency information sharing will be critical elements in a smart safe city strategy. Smart Safe Cities & Communities, at a minimum, must be able to produce modernized, optimized and increasingly digitized police and justice agencies providing effective, economical and ethical services. Trends in smart mobility — such as autonomous vehicles and more interconnectedness and ease across different modes of travel — will have an impact on both road user safety, the privacy and security of user data, and the need to develop new ways of protecting the new infrastructure. Additionally, police officers are becoming more mobile with the increasing push of smart devices on the frontline, which helps reduce reporting times, enhance incident response quality and improve officer safety. This also has ‘to-be-determined’ impacts on the culture of police organizations as services move away from traditionally brick-and-mortar operating models to ones of a reduced physical footprint and strengthened customer service.

Now, more than ever, consideration to protecting cities and communities from the advances that come with the Smart City and its technology need to be openly discussed.

Speaker: Peter Sloly, former deputy chief of Toronto Police Service, is a partner and national security & justice lead at Deloitte Canada. He has an international reputation for leading organizational change in the age of rapid unpredictable digitization. He is an expert in solving complex problems concerning justice and security, using not only innovative, collaborative and evidence-based best practices, but also through his lived experience. Over the course of his policing career, he led major public safety operations and participated in multiple international policing programs, such as the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, where he served two tours of duty as Command Staff Officer and the Canadian Contingent Commander.
Utilizing Drones in Police Work

What are some of the most important changes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) have brought to policing? This session will explore the capabilities and benefits of using a UAS in collision reconstruction as well as search and rescue. The technology has been instrumental in assisting the Ontario Provincial Police in meeting its rapid clearance strategy for highway collisions as well as locating multiple missing persons. The OPP UAS program continues to evolve as the technology changes and strives to be innovative while remaining sensitive to the concerns of the public. Concerns faced by public safety agencies as they expand into the UAS space will also be addressed in this session.

Colin Giles, UAS program co-ordinator, Aviation Services, Ontario Provincial Police, joined the force in 1999. On June 1, 2016, he was given the opportunity to co-ordinate the newly expanded UAS program. Today, the program has 15 UASs and 49 operators deployed throughout the province.

Staff Sgt. Craig Young, Toronto Police Service, Emergency Management and Public Order

Awards Presentation
  • Best Dressed Police Vehicle Award Presentation
  • Police Leadership Award Presentation
  • Lifetime Law Enforcement Achievement Award Presentation
From Policy to Pilots: A Panel on Body Worn Cameras

Panellists: Amherstburg Police Chief Timothy Berthiaume; Jason Laplante, Public Safety and Enforcement Supervisor, Russell Township; Insp. Michael Barsky, Toronto Police Service; Sgt. Jason Bagg, Durham Regional Police Service.

This panel will delve into the hot topic of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for law enforcement, touching on costs, privacy guidelines, interoperability, chain of custody issues, storage and more. It will visit various policies and how BWCs are being implemented or/and piloted at various agencies, from a small force to a municipality to the largest police service in Canada.

Law Enforcement & the Legalization of Marijuana

The implementation of the legalization of marijuana legislation will be challenging, as we all know. The senior commander in charge of the implementation of the OPP’s Marijuana Strategy explores these challenges and discusses how the OPP is preparing for roadside drug testing policies, equipment and more.

Supt. Gilpin will be presenting material regarding the new legislation, Bill C45 (New Cannabis Act) and Bill C46 (Impaired Driving amendments to the Criminal Code). She will provide an introduction to some of Ontario’s Provincial legislation — Bill 174 - An Act to enact the Cannabis Act, 201; the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017; references to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017; and amendments to the Highway Traffic Act.

Speaker: Supt. Chris Gilpin, OPP
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