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Reducing Recidivism in Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence typically refers to physical, verbal, emotional, and/or psychological violence between intimate partners (Dutton, 2009; Johnson, 2006), and is a common societal phenomenon, affecting approximately one-third of women in their lifetime (Statistics Canada, 2009; Nathens, Kernic, Holt, & Rivara, 2004). Equally significant, recidivism among offenders is relatively common and often occurs soon after the […]

The Nature and Extent of Marihuana Growing Operations in Mission British Columbia: A 14 Year Review (1997-2010)

This report describes the nature and extent of marihuana growing operations in Mission British Columbia. The report is based on an examination of operations coming to the attention of police over the 14 year period of January 01, 1997 to the end of 2010. Using the same methodology of the 2002 research conducted by Plecas […]

The Increasing Problem of Electrical Consumption in Indoor Marihuana Grow Operations in British Columbia

The production of marihuana is a criminal activity that is very profitable for offenders and harmful to communities (Plecas, Diplock, & Garis, 2009). Growers in British Columbia commonly set up their operations indoors, in homes, and other buildings to avoid detection and to cultivate plants year round. Moreover, indoor buildings allow growers the opportunity to […]

The Nature and Extent of Marihuana Growing Operations in Cariboo Region of British Columbia: A 14 Year Review (1997-2010)

This report describes the nature and extent of marihuana growing operations in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, and, in particular, four communities within that region – 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Prince George. This report is based on an examination of marihuana growing operations that came to the attention of police over […]

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 […]