Winnipeg Police Service Operational Review

cover-policing-winnipegThis document represents the results of an Operational Review of the Winnipeg Police Service.  The purpose of this review was to examine and evaluate the core activities of the WPS and to develop recommendations that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery. More specifically, the review involved an in-depth examination of the use of overtime in the WPS, the potential for civilianization of positions in the service, staffing, deployment, the response to calls for service, and the activities of investigative units.

The review was informed by best practices in police management and operations, and multiple data sources were used in the review, including field observations of patrol, interviews with patrol members and senior police personnel, quantitative data on overtime and from Computer-Aided Dispatch, and a survey of selected investigative units. These analyses were conducted within a framework that considered the environment in which the WPS delivers services and responds to community demands and expectations.

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SFU goes CSI in virtual crime lab

New course challenges criminology students to use real cold cases to retroactively solve crimes

This article originally appeared in The Peak, the SFU student newspaper
September 09, 2013 | By Leah Bjornson | Photos By


This geo-spatial chart, used in the course, illustrates incidents of violence and property crime in Downtown Vancouver.

An online course offered by SFU’s School of Criminology this fall will give students the opportunity to practice their investigative skills in a one-of-a-kind virtual forensic criminal intelligence analysis lab.

Curt Griffiths, SFU professor of criminology, and one of the creators of the course, spoke to its uniqueness in an interview with The Peak. “This is one of the only instances in North America where a university has been given access to these analytical tools to use in the classroom,” said Griffiths. “Usually they’re reserved for the FBI, the RCMP, totally within the policing realm.” Continue reading

Curt Griffiths participates in Policing Economics Summit

Excerpt from Summit on the Economics of Policing

Curt Griffiths shared his knowledge on best practices in the area of civilianization, private and tiered policing based on his research.

Dr. Griffiths spoke to the current state of police research in Canada. He indicated that there is no substantive body of evidence-based research, and very little connection between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Research is done in silos and there is no formal mechanism to share and disseminate new research to government and police decision makers.

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Policing in North has its own challenges, says criminologist

© Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – Wed, 1 Aug, 2012

A criminologist welcomes the idea of a meeting between Nunavut RCMP and community leaders in Kimmirut, Nunavut.

The meeting, scheduled for Friday, follows the latest gun violence last weekend which was aimed at Mounties in the hamlet.

Curt Griffiths teaches at Simon Fraser University and advises on northern policing.

“Obviously, this is the way to go – is to engage in a collective problem-solving exercise and to bring all the parties together and strengthen the contacts between the community residents and the service providers. I think those kind of initiatives have proven to be successful in the past,” he said.

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