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. Click here for the program details.

Michael Boody, London Police Service

Michael Boody is a Constable with the London Police Service (with 14 years of service). He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University, New York. His motivation is exploring efficiencies within how uniformed officers are deployed. Most recently, he created and implemented the Enhanced Service Unit, which uses modified officers to complete calls for service by telephone and email. He has also conducted an evaluation of missing persons from a mental health facility and implemented a new procedure on how unlawfully at large prisoners are investigated.

Michael will be working with Rylan Simpson.

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, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He received his PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. His research explores a wide range of topics related to policing, perceptions of police, police organizations, theories of crime, and experimental criminology. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Policing & Society and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, and presented his work for scholarly and policing communities across the world. Outside of the university, he has participated in more than 850 hours of police ride-alongs in Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

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

Cold cases - Michael Boody


Michael will be working with Rylan Simpson on exploratory research looking at factors associated with cases that go cold.

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.

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.

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