VIRTUAL SCHOLARS

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

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

The Scholars

2021

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Jeremy pearcE

Delta Police Department

Jeremy Pearce is a Constable with the Delta Police Department and is currently assigned to the Community Support Section as the District 3 Liaison Officer. He graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2015 with his B.A. in Criminology and Sociology and is currently completing his M.A at Wilfrid Laurier University. Jeremy's research interests include community policing and crime prevention initiatives.

Project Theme: Community Policing and Crime Prevention

Jeremy will be working with Dr Simpson from Simon Fraser University 

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daniel connelly

Guelph Police Service

Daniel Connelly is a Detective Constable currently assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit with the Guelph Police Service. He has been the Officer-in-Charge and warrant affiant in several complex multi-jurisdictional drug investigations. He has experience working in an undercover capacity and has previously testified as an expert witness at drug trafficking trials. Daniel is currently the Chairman of the Guelph Police Association Board and has recently completed a Master of Public Safety at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Project Theme: Drugs and Gangs

Daniel will be working with Dr Bouchard from Simon Fraser University​

The Supervisors

2020

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martin bouchard

Simon Fraser University

​Martin Bouchard is a Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University and the former Director of the ICCRC. Dr. Bouchard received his PhD in Criminology from the University of Montreal, and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland. His work focuses on the organization and dynamics of illicit markets and on examining the impact of social networks in various criminal career outcomes. He also published extensively on street gangs, organized crime, and methodologies to estimate the size of illicit markets. His interest in cybercrime includes examining the structure of online criminal networks, as well as the role of the Internet in facilitating co-offending and criminal innovation.

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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 Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he received his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of British Columbia and his M.A. in Social Ecology from UCI. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his policing scholarship and engagement with policing officials. He is also an executive counselor for the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Experimental Criminology, a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s Research Advisory Committee, and a mentor for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing’s Virtual Scholar Program.

2020

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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.

Project Theme: Missing Persons

​​Sin will be working with Lorna & Laura on a research project aimed at exploring the issues and challenges associated with investigating missing persons, as well as looking at missing person typologies.

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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.

Project Theme: Missing Persons

​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.