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Economics of Policing

As you may know, Public Safety Canada has committed to increasing information sharing and engagement on the Economics of Policing. Over the last year, the Department has undertaken several research projects to better understand issues related to policing in Canada.

As such, I would like to share with you a research paper entitled Canadian Police Board Views on the Use of Police Performance Metrics that was commissioned by Public Safety Canada. This research set out to provide an evidence-based snapshot of how Canadian police boards view the performance measurement tools used by police services.

We have included the full report, in French and English, for your information. As part of our strategy to ensure that research is more usable, we have developed a “Research Brief” which provides a high-level but detailed overview of the primary findings from the research. We encourage you to share both these products with your members. Our intention is to share Research Briefs with all Summit participants, provincial/territorial governments and police partners, and make electronic copies of the research reports available upon request. We will proceed in this fashion with all of our research projects.

In sharing research, our goals are to foster a continuous exchange of ideas and data among partners in an effort to build a foundation for innovation in Canadian policing.

Thank you,

Mark Potter
Director General
Policing Policy Directorate
Public Safety Canada

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