Archive for the ‘Policing’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]