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January 14, 2019

I was on the phone with a dear friend. We were having a delightfully unguarded and unfiltered rant session about intellectual property theft, when she said to me, “you should do a blog on it.” Here I am.

What’s the issue? The issue is stealing. Since the time most of us...

January 7, 2019

In response to last week’s post about the research (or lack thereof) surrounding street checks, one poster on LinkedIn asked, “Would it be worthwhile to look at crime numbers in Toronto as compared to the number of street checks being conducted.” This is a great questi...

January 2, 2019

In a report on street checks recently released by Justice Michael Tulloch, he stated, “there is little to no evidence that a random, unfocused collection of identifying information has benefits that outweigh the social cost of the practice.” The short answer is: of cou...

December 31, 2018

When it comes to  the police practitioner-researcher relationship, on occasion there is a type of amnesia that seems to affect some, but not all researchers. What I mean by this is that sometimes missing from the equation is a level of empathy and understanding for tho...

December 24, 2018

Last week the leader of the Conservative party posted a tweet with talking points about giving "police forces the resources they need to keep out communities safe from gun and gang violence."Under the CAN-SEBP account I responded by querying whether that would include...

December 16, 2018

Policing is full of programs and policing research is often full of program evaluations. I am not alone in noting that most of these evaluations are of poor quality, not conducted in an independent fashion, never designed into the program itself and/or produced only af...

December 11, 2018

A while back I discussed the difficulties for a researcher in trying to do a field based observational study on a topic that could quickly become controversial: assaults on police officers. One of the best things about these blogs is that they receive lots of really gr...

December 3, 2018

One of my least favourite parts of being a researcher is you have to sit through conference presentations. I have never been good at sitting still. And, let’s be honest, most presentations are painful – from the individual who posts slides full of teeny-tiny bits of ar...

November 26, 2018

Yes, I know. Last week I argued that small is beautiful and now here I am contradicting myself. However, then I was talking about organizational size, now I’m talking about data and the size of one’s sample.  

Let’s have some context. A couple of weeks ago I got tagged...

November 19, 2018

Although this is a subjective matter, I’m going to with: Yes.


I’m talking about police agency size, of course, as in does the size of a police service affect its ability to incorporated evidence-based approaches?

The simple answer is: Yes, but not in the usual way that...

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