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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
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.