Archive for the ‘Policing’ Category

The Predictable Rise of Missing Person Cases

Canadian policing is on a hinge of change.  While the rates for crime and disorder are falling or at the least, remaining stable, other service demands are escalating: Cyber crime in all its permutations; response to incidents involving the mentally ill; and a host of other troubles requiring sophisticated problem solving skills.  Police are at […]

Walking the Talk

Police work is about talking to people.  It always has been and always will be.  It is about interviewing victims and witnesses, developing informants and building relationships with members of the public wherever you go – on the beat, in the coffee shops and cafes, as you meet people while responding to calls or conducting […]

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 […]