Sprinkler Systems and Residential Structure Fires – Revisited: Exploring the Impact of Sprinklers for Life Safety and Fire Spread

The purpose of this study is to examine fire-related casualties, fire outcomes, and casualty behavior for fires that occurred in residential properties, and to compare fires that occurred in buildings completely protected by sprinkler systems, with those fires that occurred in buildings without any sprinkler protection. This paper demonstrates that sprinklers significantly reduce fire-related casualties, […]

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Police Service Professionals – Workbook

This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the text, The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Police Service Professionals. It can be used as a self-study guide or in either a classroom or workshop setting. While many of the techniques outlined in the text can be used very effectively by an individual working with a paper and pencil or a […]

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Police Service Professionals

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 […]

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Fire Service Professionals

Canadian fire services are key to protecting lives while maintaining our civil infrastructure, but their high capital and labour costs often pose significant financial challenges. They are one of the major budget items for most cities and municipalities. Fire service professionals make crucial decisions regarding the level of service they can provide their communities and […]

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals

We make hundreds of decisions daily, ranging from what to have for breakfast, to deciding in which room to hold a meeting, to whether or not to buy a new car. Many of those decisions are informal and relatively insignificant, and have few consequences, while some incur a degree of risk or uncertainty. Each of us takes risks every day. For […]

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals – Workbook

This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the text, The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals. It can be used as a self-study guide or in either a classroom or workshop setting. While many of the techniques outlined in the text can be used very effectively by an individual working with a paper and pencil or a laptop, many […]

Residential Fire Injury and Death Rates in British Columbia: A Statistical Analysis Pre and Post 1975

With routine changes to building codes, the use of educational campaigns, and the technological advancements associated with smoke and fire detectors and alarms, it is much more common nowadays for homes to have functioning smoke and fire detectors, alarms, and suppression systems. However, this was not always the case for homes built decades ago. Given […]

Introduction Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking

It is too bad we cannot just provide you with a basic template to follow every time you needed to conduct a criminal investigation; but it is not that simple. Criminal investigations can be imprecise undertakings, often performed in reaction to unpredictable and still-evolving events with incomplete information to guide the process. As such, it is impossible to teach or learn a […]

Assessing the Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia: Analysis of Residential Structure Fires in BC between July 2010 and June 2017

In June 2011, BC Hydro commenced implementation of its Smart Metering Program, which involved converting every residential property in British Columbia (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. In total, BC Hydro […]