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Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR): How Long Should the Data Retention Period Be?

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR), also known as Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), is quickly becoming an efficient and effective tool for law enforcement agencies to assist police officers in identifying vehicles that are uninsured, stolen, or driven by someone without a license or prohibited from driving. It is also used by law enforcement to […]

An Analysis of Complaints against the RCMP in British Columbia: A 15 Year Review: 1994-2008

This report is in response to a request from the E Division Operations Strategy Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to conduct a statistical review of complaints by the public against the RCMP in British Columbia. Specifically, the request was to describe the nature and extent of complaints against the RCMP in British […]

Community Response to Marijuana Grow Operations: A Guide Towards Promising Practices

This guide presents what the City of Surrey has learned about dealing with the problem of marijuana grow operations over the last five years. Because all British Columbians have the right to live in safe, crime-free neighbourhoods, I believe that communities need to work together to share promising practices. One of our primary reasons for […]

Responding to Marijuana Grow Operations: A Community Handbook

I am pleased to present “Responding to Marijuana Grow Operations – A Community Handbook,” a companion to our broader publication “Community Response to Marijuana Grow Operations: A Guide Towards Promising Practices.” To be successful in addressing this challenge, I believe the communities need to work together and share best practices. The City of Surrey dealt […]

A Comparison of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Missing Persons in British Columbia Where Foul Play has not been Ruled Out

The intent of the current study was to provide a descriptive analysis of uncleared missing person cases in British Columbia where foul play had not been ruled out and to examine differences in these cases between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal subjects. Of the 593 files identified as an uncleared missing person case in which foul play […]

Public Safety Survey: Burnaby

Satisfaction among the public with their local police is important as it effects confidence in the police to ensure public safety, increases public support for local police, and increases the public’s willingness to report crime and suspicious activity (Hinds, 2007). Research in Canada has consistently found a high level of public satisfaction with the police. […]

Police Statistics on Marijuana Drug Files in Surrey, the Lower Mainland, and the Rest of British Columbia 2004-2008

The purpose of this report is to provide a closer examination of the marijuana drug files coming to the attention of police agencies, particularly to the RCMP detachment in Surrey, British Columbia between 2004 and 2008. More specifically, this report will analyse and compare the changes in the quantity of marijuana files, the nature of […]

Police Drug Sample Submissions to the Health Canada Drug Analysis Service Laboratory and Police Statistics on Drug Offences in British Columbia 2004-2008

Over the last five years, the Health Canada Drug Analysis Service Laboratory has seen significant changes in the overall number of drug submissions sent to its facility in Burnaby, British Columbia by law enforcement agencies in British Columbia. In effect, the Health Canada Drug Analysis Service Laboratory saw a decline in the number of submissions […]