Archive for the ‘Police history’ Category

How Did Loyalty Get a Bad Name?

This article was first published in Blue Line Magazine, February 2007, at the end of an era when governing and elected bodies enjoined police leaders to “manage like a business.”  It is not, of course, for public service operates on with a differing set of principles with a different ethos.  Perhaps we all learned a […]

Preserving Trust in Policing

Back in 2004, urban systems guru Jane Jacobs published a slim volume entitled; “Dark Days Ahead” that quickly became a best seller.  Jacobs painted a dismal view of societal failings that, if not arrested, would condemn our civilization into a downward spiral of ultimate failure.  The Chapter entitled “Self-Policing Subverted” addressed seemingly widespread problems with […]

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 […]

Passing the Torch

  My friend and colleague Brian Sawyer passed away on September 30, 2012 in his 82nd year.  Brian was a 21 year veteran of the RCMP who left that force at the rank of Superintendent to accept an appointment as Chief of Police of Calgary in 1973.  No sooner in office he began the process […]

Policing: Art or Science?

When Sir Robert Peel created the first civil police force in 1829, he clearly envisioned the service as a craft and not a profession.  The tasks assigned to these forerunners of modern policing were in the gritty business of keeping the public peace and bringing thieves and other law breakers to justice.  In fact, Peel […]