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Interview with Jacqueline Edwards, recipient of the 2021 OACP President’s Award of Merit
Collective Leadership for Current Challenges and Changes in Policing
Re-imaging de-escalation and crisis intervention
Turning digital evidence from a liability into an asset
Navigating the way forward
As policing leaders, there are key elements to consider when it comes to developing outstanding organizations. Opening conference keynote presenter Tanya McCready of the Winterdance Dogsled Tour and author of Journey of 1000 Miles opened the conference with a timely message: time, dedication, trust, and practice are key elements to leadership, as well as ensuring that leaders know their team and where they thrive best.
Policing can no longer move forward with initiatives and programs without critically questioning their effective-ness. EBP goes further than simply examining data at the surface level. Instead, it looks to employ empirical methods and past findings to ques-tion why we do what we do, and to evaluate if our strategies are benefi-cial or harmful.
Policing professionals and leaders know that meaningful and robust data is needed to identify, understand and address systemic issues that affect community safety and police-community relationships. This includes collecting, using and reporting race- and identity-based data to support strategies and action plans that advance equity in policing, and transparency and accountability to the public.
In July 2019, a 40-year-old male was charged – and eventually convicted – with attempted murder after racing his tractor-trailer through a Belleville city suburb and slamming into his partner’s apartment building. Thankfully, she was uninjured in the spectacular attack. Video evidence demonstrating the suspect’s reckless driving behaviour was a key part of the investigation and an element that required hours of investigator’s time to source.