Archive for the ‘Policing’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]