Research Projects

The Barrie Police Service is proud to support, host, and lead research initiatives to enhance our service to the Barrie community and advance the policing profession. Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) utilizes the best evidence available to inform decision making and policy development. It is a tool that aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of policing by using scientific testing enhance outcomes.

Our research initiatives support numerous priorities within our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, including our objective to inspire innovative policing practices.

Current Research Projects

Currently conducting research with students and academics from:

Georgian College

McGill University

Ontario Tech University

Simon Frasier University

Toronto Metropolitan University

Waterloo University

Current Research Topics Being Explored:

Mental Health and Wellness

Harm-Focused Deployment

Diversity and Racial Trauma Training

Procedural Justice and Visibility

The Role of Technology in Policing

Recruitment and Retention Practices

Police-Arrestee Interactions

Helpful Resources

External Research Request

Interested in conducting research with us? The Barrie Police is accepted external research requests on a rolling basis. Research projects proposed by external agencies/researchers must align with at least one of Barrie Police Service’s 2023-2025 Strategic Plan objectives. Projects that have specific police operational impact will be prioritized.

To get started, please complete the External Research Request Form below.

Any questions can be sent to: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday


Closed all statutory holidays

Contact us

Madison Charman, Barrie Police Service Organizational Researcher

[email protected]

Evidence-Based Research & Innovation Unit
110 Fairview Road, Barrie ON L4N 8X8

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