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Research Advisory Committee


Promote the creation, sharing and use of research to support evidence-based policing in Canada and to advance the Canadian Police Executive Research Agenda.


  1. Improve internal capacity within the CACP to create, share and use research;
  2. Facilitate progress with the Canadian Police Executive Research Agenda and priority research areas in policing;
  3. Increase evidence-based decisions and initiatives leading to broader professionalism in policing.

Key Initiatives

  1. Serve as a liaison to help CACP committees identify their research needs and assist with knowledge translation so that they can adopt an evidence-based approach to decision making and the production of deliverables in support of CACP strategic priorities;
  2. Develop an inventory of research partners/initiatives and build a police research network that connects partners/projects with individual CACP committees and/or member organizations to address research gaps in policing in Canada;
  3. Review and provide recommendations on CACP Research Foundation endorsement requests for the support of the CACP or to conduct research projects within the CACP;
  4. Manage the receipt and distribution of funds via the CACP Research Foundation’s charitable donation program in support of research projects, graduate studies, scholarships, etc.;
  5. Support the CACP and/or CACP Research Foundation conference planning committees to ensure a research component is integrated into event programming;
  6. Identify emerging policing issues and trends that require data and research;


Deputy Chief Devin Laforce

Additional Resources

Research Briefs

The Research Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Research Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the SME Research initiative.

A research brief is the summary of the best available evidence on a specific topic area, provided by an academic subject matter expert (SME) in that area. Each brief provides a primer on the research surrounding an important policing issue, begins a discussion on that issue, and points individuals to further resources to learn more.

A new SME Research Brief will be produced each month and will be posted to the “Research Briefs” section of the CACP’s RF Connect portal, accessible from the “Home Page”. The assigned SME will also make themselves available through this same portal to answer questions, engage in discussion, and share thoughts on their area of expertise.

February 2022 Opioid Overdoses and Points of Contact by The Centre for Social Data Insights and Innovation, Statistics Canada
January 2022 Accessing Research from Academic Journals by Craig Bennell (PhD), Carleton University
July 2021 Road Safety Benefits of Traffic Enforcement by Simon Demers, Vancouver Police Department
April 2021 The Critical Leadership Contributions of Sergeants from the Front Line by Dr. Paul Rinkoff, Inspector with the Toronto Police Service, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University
March 2021 Constable Scarecrow: Reducing Speeding Via Inanimate Police Presence Dr. Rylan Simpson, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
July 2020 Risk Assessment for Intimate Partner Violence, Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and Director of the Graduate Studies Program in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick
June 2020 Sporting Events and Domestic Violence, Simon Demers, Research Manager, Vancouver Police Department
April 2020 Hate Crimes, Dr. Sara Thompson, Associate Professor of Criminology, Ryerson University
February 2020 Innovation in Decision Supports for Responders, Gerry Doucette, Defence Research and Development Canada – Centre for Security Science
January 2020 Use of Force, Dr. Craig Bennell, Forensic Psychology Research Centre, Carleton University
December 2019 Body-Worn Cameras, Dr. Rémi Boivin, University of Montreal
November 2019 Problem-Oriented Policing, Dr. Rick Linden, Professor, University of Manitoba
October 2019 The Victim Offender Overlap, Inspector Dan J. Jones, Edmonton Police Service