Police-Law Enforcement

The Police-Law Enforcement (PLE) portfolio’s objective is to create paths linking researchers and users in an effort to leverage scientific research in support of more effective and efficient policing policies, programs, practices, and evidence-based decision-making. Community safety is highly complex and requires a collaborative multi-agency approach that goes well beyond the traditional policing domain. This core element was recognized and discussed in the “Institute for International Strategic Studies on Full Circle Community Safety”1 report, published in 2012.

The portfolio is integral to the CSSP’s broader goals of integrating elements of innovation from a range of science and technology providers, with the needs of policy, operations, and intelligence. The scope of work incorporates rigorous scientific/engineering methodologies to support informed decisions pertaining to community safety. Examples include: social and physical science, engineering, statistical analysis, as well as components of standardization, interoperability, performance measurement and operational evaluation. The portfolio routinely engages leaders from organizations and other pertinent stakeholders through formal priority setting forums, integrated project management and delivery teams. The following entities are engaged within the scope of portfolio activities: 

  • Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police;
  • Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Police Services;
  • Federal Government Departments with an interest in policing policy and operations, (Public Safety Canada, Transport Canada);
  • Canadian educational institutions (Universities, Colleges and Police Colleges);
  • Non-Government Organizations and volunteer groups (Red Cross); and
  • International organizations (US Department of Homeland Security, UK Home Office, US Counter-terrorism Technical Support Working Group).


To enable further collaboration, a PLE Community of Practice (CoP) was established in 2012. It is co-chaired by leaders from within the PLE community, who are well informed and involved in national level issues. The CoP is a primary source for synthesising policy and operational requirements and is made up of representatives from across the PLE community, including academics, policy writers and leaders from various operational police services.


1http://www.cacp.ca/ISIS/admin/Documents/upload/ISIS_2012_English_Handbook_for_website.pdf; A Handbook and Guide in Support of New Multi-Agency Metrics for Community Safety (2012)