Tag Archives: Canada

Dilemmas in crisis communication

This article¬†illustrates challenges involved in crisis communication. Police in Toronto increased staffing in the city’s downtown area Thursday morning in response to a credible threat but were vague in their messages to the public, later explaining “Our goal is always … Continue reading

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Canada slips in police per capita

This article reports that Canada had 1.88 police per thousand residents in 2017, fewer than other G7 countries and a 13-year low. Despite the off-setting employment of lower-cost civilians, the overall expense of policing has continued to rise, reaching $14.7 … Continue reading

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Researchers in the ranks

This article reports the recent conference of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which mainly featured current police officers presenting results from their own research. The organization, just a few years old, mirrors similar ones in the UK, Canada, Australia/New … Continue reading

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People in Singapore feel safest

This article reports the most recent global study of people’s feelings of safety and confidence in their police. People in Singapore feel most secure, followed by Norway, Iceland, and Finland. At the other end of the scale, people in Venezuela … Continue reading

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Review critical of training in Ontario

This article summarizes a review of use-of-force training across the province of Ontario, Canada. It found that training was inadequate and inconsistent, “failing to teach basic de-escalation, with instruction on the vital skill superficial and lacking in complexity.” The review … Continue reading

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Big busts

Some big cases in the news. The site Webstresser.org, allegedly responsible for 4 million DDoS cyber attacks worldwide, was taken off-line with arrests and seizures in at least 11 countries. Spanish police seized 9 tons of cocaine from a ship … Continue reading

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Transformation slow in Toronto

This article reports slow progress implementing recommended changes in Toronto, where the $1 billion annual policing budget is considered unsustainable. First-class constable salaries will soon reach $100,000, 2-officer cars are the norm, scheduling is not matched to workload, and sworn … Continue reading

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