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
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High-Visibility & Evidence-Based Police Vehicles
The BPS’s public-facing survey to measure the public’s perception of various police accoutrements and car decals as it pertains to variables such as: trust, authority, legitimacy, friendliness, approachability, aggressiveness, professionalism. We aim to better understand how we can increase our visibility and legitimacy through these results.
Partnership with Dr. Rylan Simpson, Simon Frasier University
Harm-Focused Police Deployment
The Barrie Police Service has implemented an evidence-based, harm-focused deployment model that challenges traditional zone-focused policing practices. Using the Canadian Police Reported Crime Severity Index after modifying it using the Cambridge Crime Harm Index, we deploy an innovative and victim-focused way of measuring crime and harm within our community.
Inspired by research by Braga (1999; 2008; 2012), Kennedy (2015), Ratcliffe (2022), Telep (2014), Kopper (1995; 2015), Sherman (1995).
Wellness with Georgian College
This collaboration between Georgian College, Barrie Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police creates a unified research team of academics with related expertise and forward-thinking police organizations driven to produce sustained and significant change in mental health and wellness in policing.
The overarching goal of this research project is to determine occupational, operational, and organizational challenges, and develop a plan to overcome these challenges to build resiliency in the policing workplace.
Partnership with Dr. Eleanor Gittens and Dr. Isabelle Deschamps, Georgian College
Examining Arrestee and Officer Perceptions of Policing in Barrie
This project explores how people who have direct experience with the police make sense of arrest encounters soon after their own has taken place. Interest lies in how arrestees (as not only suspects, but also as repeat arrestees, victims or observers of crime and policing) reconcile their different experiences and observations.
How does the most recent experience of policing affect their perceptions? How influential is a negative or positive experience? What specific elements comprising an interaction lead to reports of satisfaction and dissatisfaction?
Partnership with Dr. Holly Campeau at Waterloo University
- George Mason University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
- UK College of Policing
- What Works Centre for Crime Reduction
- Police Research Lab at Carleton University
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]
Barrie Police Service Organizational Researcher
Research & Innovation Unit
110 Fairview Road, Barrie ON L4N 8X8
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The new issue of #OACP’s HQ Magazine also includes a feature article by #BarriePolice Organizational Researcher Madison Charman! Check it out to learn more about how BPS is implementing evidence-based policing! #EbpAtBps https://t.co/OuU2JMIjIJ pic.twitter.com/hcWZB7pe6Y— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) February 13, 2023
Exciting to see, thank you @OACPOfficial @BarriePolice is looking to share #EbpAtBps . Barrie Police is a proud ‘learning organization’ - a hub of innovation! https://t.co/NWXaTXw80w— Chief Rich JOHNSTON (@BPSChiefRJ) February 13, 2023