The Importance of Diversity in Policing
Canada is becoming an increasingly diverse nation, and its multi-cultural landscape is expanding to meet the needs of more than 200 different ethnic and cultural groups. Experts forecast that visible minorities will become the visible majority by 2017, especially in major cities like Toronto. ...Read more
Best Practices for Policing Adults with Mental Disorders
Police officers face a variety of situations throughout their career, and many officers interact directly with adults who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders or show signs of mental health conditions. When obtaining a bachelor’s degree in policing, future officers learn the best ...Read more
The Importance of Communications Skills for Police Officers
Keeping the peace is one of the most difficult, challenging and rewarding jobs a Canadian can ask for. Police officers in Canada, need to rely on a wide range of tools and resources to do the job well. These include some of the traditional tools of the trade, such as a service firearm and ...Read more
Scrutiny: are you looking at me?
We learn at a young age that there are social norms about staring at people in public. The rule simply being that it is not done, lest we be labelled rude, or even worse. But sometimes we see people, and we feel an overwhelming need to look at them, to watch them. Often a series of quick glances ...Read more
Tragedy in Policing
In policing, tragedy is a constant companion. In most cases officers are dealing with the aftermath of the terrible circumstances that befall others; the accidents and misadventures, the brutality, the abuse, and the betrayal. But sometimes the police are the victims.
In my last blog ...Read more
It's All About Context
It is trite to say that context is everything, but context IS everything. Policing is a set of very complex activities applied by a group of diverse people, not all of whom are police officers, within a certain context. When I say context I mean: community, history, demographics, ethnic ...Read more