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Find Out What You Didn't Know about Policing Research or Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask!

Welcome to "Dear Laura", a site dedicated to exploring the current state of research on Canadian policing issues. Why "Dear Laura..."? In my role as the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, I am routinely asked for my knowledge/opinion of the research evidence for different police practices, programs and policies. In the attached pages, I have created blog posts containing answers to some of those questions. I hope you find this fun and informative.


I'm the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing and a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. I'm also a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation, and the London Police Service Research Fellow. Previously, I was a member of the Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing and I have sat on numerous boards and working groups related to community safety.


Evaluating qualitative research - an idea

August 5, 2019

A Proposition that Will Scare the Hell out of Some People

July 29, 2019

If We’re Going to Use Qualitative Research for Public Policy, then We Need Better Standards

July 22, 2019

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