Archive for the ‘Policing’ Category

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,” and if so, who are these guys? That’s the question researcher Aviva Twersky-Glasner, City University of New York, examines in her article, Read more […]

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 subsequent experience militates against validity today.  I agree that the pursuit of policing as an accepted profession is a legitimate and achievable goal. But where exactly does the 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 […]

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 […]

Somebodies and Nobodies

A friend and colleague retired as Chief of Police in a mid-West U.S. city.  He became a police consultant and travelled often.  One night he returned from a trip and took a seat in the shuttle bus to the airport parking lot.  One other man joined him and after a searching look, said, “Didn’t you used to be somebody?”  My friend replied, “Yes, and someday I hope to be somebody again.”  Interesting question: If you are not a somebody, does this make you a nobody?  And who gets Read more […]

Organizational Character

During my term as Chief of Police for the Region of Peel I had many reasons to be proud of the accomplishments of members of the service, often related to success with police operations. At other times it was satisfaction with attaining an organizational goal. For all our success and awards, in my view our most inspiring achievement was development of a Statement of Organizational Character, because its purpose was to recognize and elevate the status of every sworn officer and member of police staff Read more […]

Peel’s Principles Today

Conceived by British statesman Sir Robert Peel in 1829, nine principles of policing have served as the cornerstone of police practice in countries with governance systems derived from the United Kingdom. Re-stated, they are: Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and by severity of legal punishment. To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public Read more […]