Virtual Scholars

The Scholars

Virtual Scholars

in Residence

In 2019, CAN-SEBP partnered with the Canadian Police Association and the Police Association of Ontario to create a new program for frontline officers seeking first-hand experience of conducting research.

Each year we jointly select police officers to participate as Virtual Scholars in Residence.


Michael Boody, London Police Service

Michael Boody is a member of LPS's Community Oriented Response Unit, which is tasked with using evidence based and problem oriented policing strategies to solve problems in the community. Having taken EBP and POP training, as well as having been member of the Calls for Service Review Committee - using data and research evidence to drive increased police efficiencies - Michael has continually sought opportunities to engage with research to improve policing outcomes.

Michael will be working with Rylan Simpson.

Denis Brochet, Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal

​With a 25 year career in policing, Denis Brochet, brings a wealth of experience. Currently a neighbourhood supervisor, he has  been involved in problem oriented policing initiatives, conducted criminal invesgitatons, supervised a guns and gangs unit and an intelligence unit. Of his interest in research, Denis says, "as the leader of a patrol police team, I want to actively participate in research that will help improve police practices."

Denis will be working with Remi Boivin.

Sin Kim, Toronto Police Service

​Sin Kim currently leads a team within the Strategy Management Unit of TPS, whose purpose is to improve and modernize policing in the city of Toronto. He describes his work, as seeking "out evidence-based best practices, and design simple, adaptive systems that increase officer safety, efficiency and effectiveness." Prior to this, Sin drew on his background as a criminal investigator while working as a lead instructor within the Investigative Training Section at the Toronto Police College.   

Wendy Picknell, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Wendy Picknell has an extensive history of working on issues related to missing, vulnerable and victimized persons. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in child exploitation investigations, having served as a member of several Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Units. She was also a member of the RCMP's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry Team. She has also taken a major role in the 2019 RCMP Sisters in Spirit Campaign, which seeks to raise public awareness of cases involving missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Research Supervisors


Rylan Simpson, Simon Fraser University

Rylan Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He is the lead researcher for the Police Officer Perception Project (POPP) and his research interests include police organizations, police legitimacy, experimental criminology, theories of crime and social psychology.

Dr. Remi Boivin, Universite de Montreal

​Rémi Boivin is Associate Professor at the School of Criminology (Université de Montréal) and regular researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. His main research interests are crime analysis and police work. He is currently leading a research project investigating the “perspective bias” related to body-worn cameras and its impact on judgments of police interventions. He was part of the research team that evaluated the impact of the Montreal police body-worn cameras pilot project.

Laura Huey, University of Western Ontario

​Laura Huey is the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation, and a Research Fellow for the London Police Service. Laura also formerly sat on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee, and was formerly a member of the Board of SERENE-RISC (a Canadian Centre for Excellence on Cybercrime).

Student mentors

Lorna Ferguson, University of Western Ontario

Lorna Ferguson is a Doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario and is the Director of Operations at Can-SEBP. Her research focuses on missing persons, but she has also written on guns in Canada and the opioid epidemic.

The Projects

Missing persons - Wendy Picknell

​Wendy will be working with Lorna & Laura on a project examining the classifications of missing person reports to generate research evidence that can help inform best practices, specifically for frontline officers, in the handling of these cases.

Missing persons - Sin Kim

​Sin joins Laura Huey's team on missing persons. He will be working with Lorna & Laura on a research project aimed at exploring the issues and challenges associated with investigating missing persons to determine 'what works' in solving these cases.

xxxxxxxx - Michael Boody


Michael will be working with Rylan Simpson on xxxx.

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Denis is working with Remi Boivin on xxxx.

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