Featured Faculty

Dr. Martha Dow

Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World – book published November 2014

Dr. Martha Dow of UFV’s Social, Cultural and Media Studies Department – in collaboration with co-authors James F. Albrecht, Darryl Plecas, Dilip K. Das – explores the complex set of factors comprising the policing of major events based upon real case studies of events from all over the world in her new book, Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World. Read more.  




Dr. Lenore Newman

UFV's Newman named to inaugural cohort of College of New Scholars

UFV's Dr. Lenore Newman has been chosen to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. A total of 91 members have been selected as part of this first cohort. They will be inducted at a ceremony on Nov 21 in Quebec City.

Newman holds the UFV Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment and is a member of UFV’s Geography and the Environment department.
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The mandate of the College is to: “gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural, and social perspectives.”

College members are selected through a nomination process and have typically finished their final academic degree 15 or fewer years ago.

“I am quite excited about having been selected,” said Newman. “The Royal Society of Canada tends to be comprised of very well established scholars, and there was a desire to create something similar for people earlier on in their academic careers. It is a great opportunity for us to come together and collaborate. There are a few of us selected who are scholars in the area of food, so there is potential for some interesting cross-country collaboration.”

The Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists, and scientists. The primary objective of the society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences. “We are very thrilled to have had one of our faculty members selected to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society’s College of New Scholars,” said Dr. Adrienne Chan, Associate Vice President of Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies. “We were allowed to submit two nominations and there was no guarantee that one would be successful. Lenore has a great track record and reputation for her important research in the area of food security, agriburbia, and British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve.

“Her selection shows that there is a place for applied research in a teaching-focused regional university like UFV. Lenore’s work is very relevant to business, agriculture, and the environment of our region. Her selection is a testament to the value that we, as a university, can bring to our communities. Lenore conducts her work with enormous depth and wisdom.”

Dr. Irwin M. Cohen, Dr. Darryl Plecas, Dr. Amanda V. McCormick, and Adrienne M.F. Peters

New book by UFV authors reveals the key principles of police-based crime reduction

In the early 2000s, police agencies in British Columbia were forced to reimagine their approach to emerging crime problems. The traditional ways of responding and reacting were not as effective against the increase in gang activity, auto theft, drug production, and other crimes taking place throughout the province.

In their new book, Eliminating Crime: The Seven Essential Principles of Police-based Crime Reduction, authors Dr. Irwin M. Cohen, Dr. Darryl Plecas, Dr. Amanda V. McCormick, and Adrienne M.F. Peters explore the paths taken and the lessons learned as British Columbia police agencies researched and introduced effective and efficient new policing strategies based on seven essential principles.

“This book focuses on what the police need to do to achieve the greatest success in effectively and efficiently reducing crime in their communities,” the authors write in the introduction. “While some police agencies have adopted some of these practices… there are very few, if any, agencies that have fully adopted and integrated all of these core principles into their everyday business rules.”

The book was published through the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in B.C. by Len Garis, Fire Chief in Surrey, B.C. and an adjunct professor at the UFV’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The book is dedicated to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts for her leadership in implementing the city’s award-winning Crime Reduction Strategy.

The book describes the seven essential crime-reduction principles identified by the authors in their review of case studies, scientific research, police data and statistics, and best practices:

1. Be information-led — collect, maintain, and act on accurate and relevant crime and offender data.
2. Be intelligence-led — Integrate and use crime and intelligence analyses in strategic and tactical operations.
3. Focus on offenders — identify and target existing and emerging high risk, prolific, and persistent offenders.
4. Focus on problems — identify, understand, and target the key drivers of crime.
5. Develop meaningful partnerships — identify and leverage partners who could contribute to achieving crime reduction solutions.
6. Be pre-emptive — get ahead of crime by using crime data to be proactive against offenders, criminal events, and emerging crime trends.
7. Be performance-based — build accountability measures into each initiative and focus on outcomes, rather than outputs.

Each chapter of the book is devoted to one essential principle and includes real-life examples and specific recommendations. The appendix outlines a series of questions that police leaders can use to assess their organization and guide their decision-making.

The book’s forward is written by RCMP Assistant Commander Norm Lipinski, Criminal Operations Officer for E’ Division Core Policing, and Chief Constable Bob Rich of the Abbotsford Police Department in British Columbia.

“In the fight to reduce crime, the trick for us all is to incorporate those ideas, strategies, and tactics that work,” they write. “For law enforcement practitioners, here is a great, well-researched guide, drawn from the collective policing experience and knowledge in the Canadian framework. It is a must-read for anyone who works in our business who wants to make a difference!”

Eliminating Crime: The Seven Essential Principles of Police-based Crime Reduction adds to the body of work developed by the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research located in the University of the Fraser Valley’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research is committed to expanding innovation and research in criminal justice and public safety.

Copies of the book can be downloaded here

For more information, contact:

Dr. Irwin M. Cohen
Twitter: @irwinMcohen

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