Here is a book that provides the tools for any police organization to drive down crime. It sets out the proven principles for making a community safe. It will allow police leaders and agencies to design their own strategies to solve the unique challenges to make any community safe.
This book explores the paths taken and the lessons learned as British Columbia police agencies researched and introduced effective new policing strategies based on seven essential principles.
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The objective of this chapter is to provide you with a basic guide and some tools to design a framework for decision making—such as constructing a strategic plan. Effective evidence-based decision making is tightly linked to an organization’s plan.
While the primary function of police departments has remained consistent over time—to ensure the safety and security of all persons and property— how departments deliver their services is becoming more complex. Crime rates have generally declined over the past two decades, but the public is increasingly asking police departments to respond to a broader range […]
On October 29, 2013, the BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) implemented changes to their BC Ambulance Service Resource Allocation Plan (RAP) resulting in a significant number of codes being downgraded to Code 2 (routine) calls instead of their previous designation as Code 3 (lights and sirens) calls. According to BCEHS the process undertaken to make […]
When emergency vehicle collisions occur, especially at speed with lights and siren, they tend to evoke heightened media attention as well as public concern and interest. While these concerns are understandable given the sheer size and mass of heavy emergency vehicles (i.e., fire/ladder trucks) relative to much lighter, non-emergency vehicles, such concerns must be placed […]
In June of 2011, BC Hydro commenced implementation of its Smart Metering Program, which involved converting every residential property in BC from legacy metering to wireless technology smart meters. This Smart Metering Program involves replacing existing electrical meters that are now becoming obsolete, with a comprehensive wireless smart metering system. As of August 2013 an […]
This paper introduces a risk-based, data-driven framework for redesigning fire safety inspections. This framework incorporates information about previous inspections performance, the responsible person in charge of the property, the property use, and the structure type. This alternative method for scheduling fire safety inspections takes into account the likelihood of compliance, thus enabling fire services to […]
In 2010, the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Service collaborated on a project to look at efficiencies for emergency services response to Motor Vehicle crashes. This report describes the results of an analysis of data provided by Surrey Fire Service on a pilot project examining the utility of an assessment tool to identify the […]
More than 16 million shipping containers are being used to transport goods around the world, and millions of these containers become surplus every year and are repurposed as buildings or structures.
On October 29, 2013, the BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) implemented a change to their BC Ambulance Service Resource Allocation Plan (RAP) resulting in 74 incident codes being downgraded to Code 2 (routine) calls instead of their previous designation as Code 3 (lights and sirens) calls. BCEHS has asserted that the changes were made to […]