November 12, 2018

Last year, I co-hosted an evidence based policing workshop with the Calgary Police Service. The big star attraction was my friend, Alex Murray (SEBP/West Midlands Police). As always, Al delivered a fun and informative talk that had attendees buzzing. There was, however...

November 5, 2018

I have a strange collection on my hard drive. It consists of coroner’s inquiry records for all of the police-involved homicides from the provinces of Ontario and B.C. going back to about 2000 and up to 2015. The thing I like about coroner’s records is they provide not...

October 29, 2018

A few years ago, the esteemed policing researcher Peter Manning wrote a paper that documented in rather stark terms the decline of ethnography in policing research - from its relative heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, when incredible work was being produced by people like...

October 22, 2018

Last year I was invited to speak at an event hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. At first, I assumed it was a mistake. A new version of an advanced fee fraud involving something slightly more sophisticated than the usual appeal from Mrs. Mobuto SeSe Seko to hel...

October 15, 2018

We’ve all seen it: the spectacle of the ‘talking head’ on television or in print, discoursing forcefully on some subject matter in which they claim, or have received sans proof, the label of ‘expert.’ One of the reasons I avoid the daily news, is because, I, like many...

October 8, 2018

As a rule, I try not to get drawn into stupid political commentary. However, every once in a while, something comes across my electronic desk that simply begs for a response. In this case it was a tweet from Ann Coulter of all people, pontificating on what she took to...

October 1, 2018

I get asked a lot about evaluation. Usually this occurs in the context of discussing some program that has been in operation for several years and needs to demonstrate that its i meeting its intended goals to a funding agency. What makes these program evaluations even...

September 24, 2018

Recently, I posted a blog about the state of evidence in support of situation tables and hubs. In response, one correspondent argued that the reason for this situation is “it’s difficult to study behaviour that [doesn't] exist”. I gather what my correspondent intended...

September 17, 2018

One of the more interesting, and challenging, questions I’ve received lately has to do with the question of ‘how do you retrofit a 30-year-old program to make it more evidence based?’ The answer is simple: you don’t.

The program in this case is Neighbourhood Watch. Comm...

September 10, 2018

I was recently tagged in a Twitter discussion asking all 14 participants and their followers to define EBP (evidence based policing). Leaving aside the fact that my Twitter feed turned into Twitter Hell for about 24 hours until I begged to be left out, one interesting...

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