Evidence Based Policing, Social Media, and Police Culture with Amy Boudreau

Updated: Sep 9


Constable Amy Boudreau is an International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) our of Ontario, Canada. She sits down with Adam to discuss Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) and what officers and agencies can do to increase their efficiency. They also discuss social media, bot its effect and affect on current police culture, and how it can greatly benefit both officers and agencies in community outreach. .

"CPTED is knowledge that every officer should have, especially if you are looking at getting into law enforcement. That is what is going to give you the skills needed to look outside the box at a particular location."

Amy is a writer and public speaker who has provided her subject matter expertise to news media outlets, including video/radio/podcast interviews, news clips, and article publications. She advocates for evidence-based policing (EBP); law enforcement social media (LESM); gender equity and inclusion; first responder wellness through the use of yoga and mindfulness meditation; and crime prevention, in an effort to evolve police culture.

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Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (CANSEBP): is an Association of police practitioners, academic researchers, public policy-makers and others, whose mission is to foster the creation and mobilization of quality research in order to make evidence-based approaches a cornerstone of policing in Canada. Join as a member for FREE to gain access to EBP resources:

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP): Symposium June 29, 2020 Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Visit:

America Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP): Conference June 1-2, 2020 Washington, DC, USA. Visit: Law Enforcement Social Media (LESM) SMILE Conference: is the leading training conference devoted to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement initiatives. The SMILE Conference, now together with the iSMILE Conference (investigations), has pioneered the adoption of social media by law enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach, crime prevention, and forensics since 2010. The SMILE Conference has become both the go-to and most trusted source by law enforcement agencies worldwide. Come to learn from the best and network with an international audience of police social media practitioners. Visit:

Toronto Police College, Social Media in Communications Training: Contact &a

Gender Equity and Inclusion

Advancing WE in Policing (AWIP): ​Through a gender platform our goal is to help facilitate collaboration in awareness, understanding and discussion about the barriers to authentic equity, inclusion and diversity within policing in Ontario. "WE" will collect opinions, experiences, issues, and challenges through hosting workshops and create a research document which will be presented to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Executive Committee to provide a direct unfiltered picture of inclusivity in Policing accompanied by initiatives to bring about change. This research document will be created by Carleton University under the guidance of Dr Linda Duxbury. **Sworn officers, all genders, can sign-up for the February 19-21, 2020 workshop at:

International Association of Women Police (IAWP): Mission: To strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally. Vision: IAWP envisions a world where police reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and where human rights are protected. Visit: First Responder Wellness & Mental Health, with a focus on Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation First Responder Mindfulness Network (FRMN): A network of officers and researchers across North America collaborating, information-sharing and pioneering to advocate, educate, and bring about change within their first-responder industries as it relates to wellness and mental health through the use of mindfulness modalities, led by the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Corporate Healthcare and Wellness Branch in Toronto, Canada. Co-leads: & Healing Heroes Organization: Is a holistic mind/body approach to healing trauma and PTSD for first responders and military personnel through Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), Meditation and Breath (pranayama). Their mission is to alleviate the mental and physical symptoms of stress and stress related conditions, including post-traumatic stress. Call: (289) 681-1356, Email: Canadian Institute of Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a Mental Wellness in Public Safety research project to support the development of new research evidence and tools needed to address existing and emerging gaps in post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) as it relates to public safety personnel (PSP) in Canada. Visit and follow Twitter: @CIPSRT_ICRTSP for updates, free training, and research participant opportunities. Crime prevention

International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP): the ISCPP continues its global mission to contribute to the reduction and control of criminal opportunity and victimization by: Encouraging crime prevention education and practice in public, private and voluntary sectors; Supporting and guiding crime prevention programs and activities; Aiding the development and establishment of crime prevention programs; Responding to the needs of the crime prevention practitioners; and, Stimulating the exchange of ideas among ISCPP members. Visit: CPTED Ontario Central Ontario: is an Association with a mission to reduce crime thereby working towards an improvement of the quality of life by promoting Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in Ontario and throughout Canada. Visit: Crime Prevention Association (COCPA): is a diverse partnership of crime prevention practitioners from police services, non-profit organizations, service providers, loss prevention and security for businesses, community organizations and individuals who collaborate, share information about new organizations, new crime prevention techniques and programs, topics of concern, and resources to improve safety and security in our communities through communication, education and partnerships. For more information, email Research Recommendations:

Police Culture

Linda Duxbury, Craig Bennell, Michael Halinski and Steven Murphy (2018). Change or be changed: Diagnosing the readiness to change in the Canadian police sector. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, Vol. 91(4) 316–338. Victim-Offender Over lap Daniel J. Jones, Sandra M. Bucerius, and Kevin D. Haggerty (2019). Voices of remanded women in Western Canada: A qualitative analysis. Journal of COMMUNITY SAFETY & WELL-BEING. Social Media

Beshears, M. L., Beshears, M. L., & Bond, M. (2019). Improving Police Social Media Use Practices. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 7(5), 34-42. Bullock, K. (2018). (Re) presenting ‘order’ online: The construction of police presentational strategies on social media. Policing and Society, 28(3), 345-359.'order'_online_the_construction_of_police_presentational_strategies_on_social_media Hu, X., & Lovrich, N. (2019). Social media and the police: A study of organizational characteristics associated with the use of social media. Policing: An International Journal, 42(4), 654-670. Hu, X., Rodgers, K., & Lovrich, N. P. (2018). ‘We are more than crime fighters:’ Social media images of police departments. Police Quarterly, 21(4), 544-572. Wood, M. A. (2019). Policing's ‘meme strategy’: understanding the rise of police social media engagement work. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 1-19. Forthcoming. DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2019.1658695.'s_'meme_strategy'_understanding_the_rise_of_police_social_media_engagement_work Gender

‘Are police recruit selection processes holding women back? Challenging the status quo.’ By Sgt. David Jones, Access here: Wellness & Mental Health

Irwin M. Cohen, Amanda V. McCormick, & Bob Rich (2019). Creating a Culture of Police Officer Wellness. Published by Oxford University Press. Policing, Volume 13, Number 2, pp. 213–229. Linda Duxbury & Christopher Higgins (2012). Caring for and about those who serve: Work-life conflict and employee well-being within Canada`s Police Departments.


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