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HQ Magazine Winter 2023
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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.
Research shows that crisis intervention training can improve coping skills. Nevertheless, witnessing traumatic events can lead to intense feelings of apprehension and physiological effects on the brain and body, which are not necessarily under voluntary control of the officers.
In 2021, I stood before the almost 150 female members of Halton Regional Police Ser-vice’s newly created Women’s Internal Support Network (WISN). It was the first day of their first-ever women’s symposium, a huge step towards positive change
OUR WAY FORWARD ESTABLISHES THE PROVINCIAL FRAMEWORK AS A CORE FOUNDATION FOR HOW WE CONTINUE TO PIVOT TO A SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL THAT IS MORE PROACTIVE AND FOCUSED ON ROOT CAUSES
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.