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March 18, 2019

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Blanche DuBois.

I am probably dating myself a little here with this literary reference, but I’ve always been somewhat taken with the famous line from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.  Although the ori...

March 11, 2019

A couple of weeks ago the topic of my Qualitative Research class was “acquiring and sustaining access.” As we discussed for the better part of a couple of hours, most potential research participants have zero interest in actually helping researchers. Why should they? W...

March 4, 2019

There’s a lot of discussion in the world of evidence-based policing on the question of how you embed EBP within police organizations. Some measures have included setting up EBP units or designating someone as the local EBP expert (usually termed a ‘research coordinator...

February 25, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, a police service issued a news release stating they had used local area crime data to measure whether crime and disorder had increased within a 250 meter zone around a supervised injection site. Their stated finding? Crime in the area had increas...

February 18, 2019

Remember the old days when we had "fads"? I'm not talking about poodle skirts or parachute pants. I'm talking about community policing, problem oriented policing and all those other fads of the late 80s and early 90s.

For those of you who don't remember, "fad" was the...

February 11, 2019

In a previous blog I talked about the issue of smaller sample sizes in qualitative research*. As you may remember, one of the most common responses I get when raising this issue is, “but it’s HARD to conduct all those interviews! Plus, who’s going to transcribe all tha...

February 4, 2019

One of the things that always gets either a chuckle or a grimace from the male police officers in some of my meetings is when I use the analogy of dating to explain research partnerships. The reality is, though, that a research partnership is like any other interperson...

January 28, 2019

As a researcher with a publication track record, it is not at all unusual for me to receive invitations to participate in various publishing enterprises – from book chapters in edited collections to submitting articles for journal special issues in my field. Then there...

January 21, 2019

I will begin this blog with two confessions:

  1. I have mild numbers dyslexia (and therefore someone always has to check even the simplest of my sums)

  2. I became a Criminologist because I couldn’t pass the LSAT if my life depended upon it. I could not figure out – or...

January 14, 2019

The other week the Globe and Mail published an article that looked at Toronto police officer residency (based on postal codes of officer addresses obtained through Freedom of Information). From this, they concluded that “three quarters of Toronto cops live outside the...

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