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Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes [Hardcover]

Robert Chrismas
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Aug. 26 2013
How can police remain effective and vital in an era of unprecedented technological advances, access to information, and the global transformation of crime? Written by a long-serving officer, Canadian Policing in the 21st Century offers a rare look at street-level police work and the hidden culture behind the badge. Robert Chrismas shares experiences from his years of service to highlight areas where police can more effectively enforce laws and improve relations with the communities they serve. He proposes tactics for addressing widespread social issues such as gang and domestic violence and strategies for cooperating in international networks tackling human trafficking, internet-based child exploitation, organized crime, and terrorism. Chrismas stresses how changing demographics related to age, gender and racial diversity, and increased dangers and demands, require intensified training and higher education in policing. He highlights the need for more effective collaborative relationships between police and local, provincial, and federal governments, non-government agencies, and their communities. While the principles and goals of policing remain largely unchanged, police challenges, tools, and strategies have evolved dramatically. Chrismas's vantage point as an officer and a scholar provides an illuminating account of the Canadian justice system, and road-maps to future success.

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"Canadian Policing in the 21st Century conveys the focused reflections of an experienced Canadian police officer, an underrepresented perspective that will interest both students and scholars in criminology, and informed general readers." Lisa Dufraimont, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

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Robert Chrismas is a serving police officer in Winnipeg with twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience. He is also a doctoral student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing New Paradigms in Canadian Policing Jan. 2 2014
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The primary message that pervades this book and that comes thought loud and clear is that the hope for more effective policing is potentially imminent and that hope resides in a dramatic shift in policing practices from ones that are reactive and punitive to ones that are preventive and humane in nature. While the author makes clear that the implementation of these practices are hugely challenging and are often labour intensive,more importantly,he also provides considerable evidence from his own first-hand experiences and research that these practices work. For example, the author consistently demonstrates the superiority of collaborative efforts among relevant parties to arrive at solutions(preventive practices)over ones arrived at through zero sum practices(reactive practices). This book is must reading for all those in and outside law enforcement who believe the time is ripe for the shift in approach to policing the author so effectively advocates for and presents in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! Nov. 18 2013
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Best book I have ever read hands down! This is a must read for any Canadian! Amazing how much things have changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Introspective Oct. 27 2013
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Although academic in nature, this volume reads easily and should be approachable to all. If you're a seasoned law enforcement agent, this book gives you a lens into what's on the horizon. If you're new in law enforcement, these pages offer a lot of wisdom and experience. If you know nothing about law enforcement at all, or if you're thinking about a life in law enforcement, this book is especially for you. Law enforcement is nothing like the glamourisation depicted by Hollywood. If you want to find out what it's like to be a police officer, this book is definitely for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing New Paradigms in Canadian Policing Jan. 4 2014
By gary hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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The primary message that pervades this book and that comes thought loud and clear is that the hope for more effective policing is potentially imminent and that hope resides in a dramatic shift in policing practices from ones that are reactive and punitive to ones that are preventive and humane in nature. While the author makes clear that the implementation of these practices are hugely challenging and are often labour intensive,more importantly,he also provides considerable evidence from his own first-hand experiences and research that these practices work. For example, the author consistently demonstrates the superiority of collaborative efforts among relevant parties to arrive at solutions(preventive practices)over ones arrived at through zero sum practices(reactive practices). This book is must reading for all those in and outside law enforcement who believe the time is ripe for the shift in approach to policing the author so effectively advocates for and presents in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource June 6 2014
By KB Schaller - Published on Amazon.com
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As both a novelist and a writer of nonfiction, I am frequently in need of good resources to add authenticity to characters and situations. While browsing for information for a story that is still in its gestational stage, I came across Canadian Policing in the 21st Century by Bob Chrismas.

Written in language that laypersons will find functional, Chrismas' Canadian Policing provided information that creates real-life scenarios regarding the inner-workings of law enforcement.

Bob Chrismas does a wonderful job sharing his "insider's viewpoint" on domestic violence, gang warfare, the shadowy world of internet trafficking and other social issues.

Since even fiction must be fact-based, not only is Canadian Policing in the 21st Century functional and well-written, it creates in the imagination many interesting characters and situations common to the Western world which are readily adaptable to novelization.

Bob Chrismas further offers approaches to dealing with crime, and stresses the importance of forming partnerships within communities to identify, reduce and prevent its increase.
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