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The Complexities of Investigating and Clearing Harassment Related Intimate Partner Violence Files

Intimate partner violence is a serious concern in Canada. Approximately every five days, a woman is killed by their current or former intimate partner (Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative, 2018). Research previously conducted by the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley identified that, in 2016, the […]

An Evaluation of Situation Tables in British Columbia

Situation Tables (also known as Hubs) have become an increasingly popular means of addressing crime and several co-occurring social problems in communities across Canada. Situation Tables represent a holistic approach to individual and community well-being and safety. They are premised on a model of social service collaboration that aims to identify vulnerable individuals and connect […]

Understanding Dial-A-Doping and Developing Profiles of Dial-A-Dopers in British Columbia

This purpose of this project was to develop a better understanding of the profile of street-level dial-a-dopers and the pathways to dial-a-doping in British Columbia. To do so, quantitative analyses of drug trends in the province between 2013 and 2020 were analysed both at a provincial level, at a policing district level, and at the […]

Fire Severity Outcome Comparison of Apartment Buildings Constructed from Combustible and Non-combustible Materials

Wood is a natural, sustainable, and economical material used for construction. It is also combustible, which causes structures constructed from wood to be perceived as less safe than structures made from non-combustible materials, such as steel and concrete. However, fire safety in residential buildings is multi-layered, and advancements in wood products and treatment, such as […]

Identifying Trends and Police Responses to Elder Abuse and Neglect in British Columbia

Adults aged 65 years and older represent an increasing proportion of the Canadian population. Similarly, rates of violent crimes involving elder victims have reportedly been increasing in Canada (Conroy, 2021). The report explored the trends in police files involving elder victims of violent crimes through analyses of police data and survey data collected from frontline […]

An Evaluation of Situation Tables in British Columbia

Situation Tables (also known as Hubs) have become an increasingly popular means of addressing crime and several co-occurring social problems in communities across Canada. Situation Tables represent a holistic approach to individual and community well-being and safety. They are premised on a model of social service collaboration that aims to identify vulnerable individuals and connect […]

Developing an Effective and Efficient Police Response to Lower Priority Calls for Service

In Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachments and municipal police departments across British Columbia, the largest proportion of calls for service are considered lower priority calls, commonly referred to as Priority 3 and Priority 4 calls (De Jager, 2021). For the most part, Priority 1 calls are dispatched immediately and officers travel to the scene […]

Examining Police Protest and Conflict Liaison Practices in Canada

Protest and conflict have increasingly become a common feature of political life in many countries, including Canada. The policing of protests is complicated, given that it sits at the intersection of two vitally important, but sometimes conflicting, political interests, namely maintaining public safety and the public’s right to protest. Protests have historically been an important […]

An Examination of the Impact of Court Rulings on Police Investigation Time and Resources

In 2005, a report published by Malm et al. documented the rising demands for police services from the RCMP in British Columbia since the 1980s. The authors examined whether the amount of work necessary to respond to calls for police services increased or decreased over that period of time. The results demonstrated that not only […]