Police Information and Statistics (POLIS) Committee


    Quality data for quality policing


    POLIS supports progressive change in policing, in partnership with the Policing Services Program of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, a Division of Statistics Canada, and other partners, through the development and communication of meaningful public safety information.

    Mandate/Strategic Priorities:

    1. Ensure that emerging police issues, priorities and concerns are addressed by Statistics Canada surveys and products;
    2. Facilitate the development of partnerships among governments and criminal justice agencies to further the integration of justice information systems;
    3. Collaborate with Statistics Canada and police organizations to develop standard police performance indicators;
    4. Promote improved police management and decision making by identifying, developing and communicating best practices in the collection, analysis and application of statistical information;
    5. Ensure that, in the development of surveys of crime and police resources, police can provide in a standardized and cost-effective manner;
    6. Promote innovation in information systems, collection techniques and other matters that improve the production and utility of police information;
    7. Review Statistics Canada reports before public release to ensure that appropriate context surrounding issues and trends is included to explain differences in local and regional comparisons, and changes in trends.

    Significant Accomplishments 2015/2016:

    • Engaged with Organized Crime Committee and received endorsement of best practices and began work on a Juristat Bulletin that will highlight issues with data collection and make recommendations for police services.
    • Analyzed and refined call for service categories for mental health, domestic disturbances and missing persons calls and consulted with police agencies on important performance indicators currently being used, in an effort to determine gaps and direction for basket of indicators.
    • With assistance from Public Safety Canada and the E-crime Committee consulted with police services to determine information priorities, issues with reporting and how UCR can be improved.  Achieved agreement on a new standardized national definition for the purpose of UCR. Identified smart edits  that can be applied to ensure the cybercrime flag is complete for offences committed via or targeting information communications technology.
    • Conducted a data quality and comparability audit in one police agency.
    • Reviewed Juristats released between September 2015 and July 2016.

    Initiatives Planned 2016/2017:

    • Continue work to develop usable UCR data on organized crime and brief Deputy Ministers responsible for justice and public safety at their next meeting regarding the status of data collection
    • Develop a pointed UCR cybercrime on-line training course
    • Host a UCR Data Quality Workshop
    • Provide suggestions for special topic reports and input into the final selection of reports that the CCJS will release in the next fiscal year. 
    • Review all Juristats released in the upcoming year