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Robert F. Lunney

Police and Mental Health

Sammy Yatim was an 18 year old Toronto man who was shot eight times and killed by a member of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) on July 27, 2013.  The incident occurred on a Toronto Transit streetcar after Mr. Yatim allegedly drew a knife and exposed himself.  Alarmed passengers evacuated the car and police responded.  In a scene recorded on video and released for public view, Mr. Yatim was felled by pistol shots fired by a police officer and Tasered™.  He was pronounced dead at hospital.  Read more [...]

BYOD – A New Challenge for Police Management

Knowledge workers are infatuated with their personal digital assistant devices (PDA’s), those ubiquitous chunks of plastic and electronics that have altered the way we receive and process information and blurred the lines between work and personal life. PDA’s are now so deeply embedded in work habits that both public and private organizations are moving to inevitable accommodation. It is reported by several business surveys that 60% of businesses accommodate the use of personally owned devices Read more [...]

Policing: Craft or Science? Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Umpteen years ago, when I was a boy police chief, I was invited to join a panel at my second CACP (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) conference, held at Montreal.  My partners were criminologists from local universities.  In those days, practitioners and academics were poles apart in their outlook on contending with the challenge of crime and disorder.  At that time there was little capacity for applied analytics aside from the highest reaches of public administration.  The academic community Read more [...]

Your Personal Mission Statement

Dedicated to all rising leaders in the field of policing and security There is a startling commonality found in the personal stories of many successful people. They begin by describing the early stages of their working life, then strike to the heart of their experience saying, “And then I got serious.” What follows proves to be the turning point of their career. Getting serious often coincides with other life changing influences – marriage, parenthood or an unexpected career opportunity Read more [...]

Tales from the Beat

Ask any police officer about strange or funny incidents that happened while walking a beat or responding to calls and you are in for some entertaining stories.  The best tales often come with a lesson learned.  I related this story in my memoir Parting Shots.  This incident happened in the fifties when I was serving at RCMP Whitehorse Detachment in the Yukon Territory, a hard drinking northern town with a rich mix of local characters. One evening, I answered a telephone call from the Star Cafe, Read more [...]

How We Remember

In Tuesday I was in Ottawa on business. When the meeting ended I walked to Parliament Hill to the memorial for Canadian police and peace officers killed in the line of duty. It was late afternoon in bright sunshine. Few people were in the area. The names of the fallen are etched in glass panels against a fence adjacent to the Memorial Pavilion.  Running my eye down each panel I searched out the names of officers who lost their lives during my experience, either from personal knowledge or attendance Read more [...]

Collaboration and Risk with Multi-Disciplinary Core Groups

Police participation in multi-disciplinary core projects is catching on across Canada with encouraging results for crime prevention and community wellness. Great idea, but the style of leadership differs when police are collaborating with agencies outside the realm of law enforcement.  This point is made by John Vanek in his article in PoliceOne.com News, May 7, 2014.  The author illustrates why police must adapt to the differing cultures of agencies representing social services, mental health Read more [...]