On May 10th, 2018, the School of Social and Community Services hosted the Neighbourhood Officer Research Symposium at its Centre for Entrepreneurship. The symposium was an opportunity for police and criminal justice professionals to engage in a day long conversation with community leaders and academics about Neighbourhood Policing. Researchers shared lessons learned and results from the three-year evaluation study of Toronto Police Service’s Neighbourhood Policing Program and provided attendees opportunities to share experiences and feedback. This was a unique opportunity to facilitate the engagement of both community partners and the Toronto Police Service in the discussion about transformative change in policing in Ontario. The Toronto Police has made a commitment to implement many of the recommendations made by Humber’s research team.
Following a networking lunch, attendees were able to select and visit a number of workshops. Each workshop was carefully designed to highlight an important aspect of the project. Researchers invited panel guests and created opportunities for direct engagement. The conversations were rich and held the promise of ongoing dialogue.
Faculty and Administration involved – Associate Dean Jeanine Webber, Samantha Brown, Doug Thomson, Alyssa Ferns, and Michael Gamble
Research Coordinators – Nelusha Cooray and Hilry Neale Jr.
Student Research Assistants – Vanessa Headley, Brooke-Lynne Clapham-Haynes, Karmvir Padda, Sherene Whyte