Archive for the ‘Policing’ Category

In Praise of Shit Disturbers

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman  If you have followed these spitballs you will know of my healthy regard and defense of the dissenting opinion for its value […]

Dignity – The Precious Quality

Why is it that some police officers have a natural talent for defusing a contentious or potentially dangerous encounter while others have a knack for making a tricky situation worse? Superficially it may seem that the better approach is due to superior verbal skills and body language, while the less successful response is due to […]

Choosing Civility

The state of public civility and police influence on day to day standards of public behaviour has long fascinated me.  My earlier attempt to address the issue appears on this website entitled, Policing the Civil Society.  As police professionals pursue preventive methods for managing crime and public order, inevitably we enter the field of social […]

Building Social Capital

It is common practice for police services to recognize meritorious assistance by a citizen in the conduct of police operations.  Often, I think, we are oblivious to the contribution of these simple follow-throughs in building trust and confidence in the police – social capital, using the buzz words of today.  Rudy Desmeules is a veteran […]

Police Chief Selection

The City of Toronto will soon open a competition to identify a successor to the current Chief of Police.  This announcement by the Police Services Board touched off a flurry of speculation in the local media and some early prognostication about the desirable attributes of the successful candidate.  This is a familiar issue in mid-to-large […]

The Police Personality – Who Are These Guys?

Towards the conclusion of the classic western film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two outlaws find themselves doggedly pursued by a law enforcement posse they cannot shake. Despite all their back country cunning, the law enforcers hang relentlessly on their trail. Sundance wonders, “Who are these guys?” Is there a distinct “Police Personality,” […]

Police Professionalism – Are We There Yet?

In a previous spitball (Policing: Craft or Science? Can’t We All Just Get Along?) I related a incident many years ago when I offered the opinion that policing was, and would always be, more an art than a science; more a craft than a profession. My quaint notion had little traction with more hopeful colleagues and […]