I am Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, a Senior Research Fellow with the (US) National Police Foundation, the Editor of Police, Practice & Research, and Vice Chair of the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology. In my spare time, I run #CrimComm with my colleague Prof. Aili Malm. For the time being, I’m also a member of the RSC Covid Task Force and the Chair of its working group on mental health and policing. I say time being with the hope this pandemic ends soon!
My previous experience includes founding the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, being a former member of the Board of SERENE-RISC (a NCE-funded cybercrime research consortium) and a Senior Researcher and University Representative for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. I have also been a member of the Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing and sat on numerous boards and working groups related to community safety.
Mental health calls for service
Impacts of policy decisions on the police operational environment
Currently finishing a book with 2 colleagues on 'Mental Health as 'Police Property'., which draws on analysis of field observations of 67 encounters between police and persons with mental illness. In it, we look at the range of different police calls for service - from missing persons to possible suicides, wellness checks to dangerous driving. We argue that the range of calls that have a mental health component is much broader than most people understand.
As part of a larger study on 'wicked problems' and their effects on public policing, we analyze 20 years of research on frontline policing in light of federal and provincial policy decisions. One chapter explores what has occurred in relation to policing and mental health.
As part of ongoing work undertaken with Lorna Ferguson, we are looking at a range of ways in which mental health, emotional crises and other factors lead to calls involving missing persons.