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


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.

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.

The Supervisors


Laura Huey

University of Western Ontario

​Laura Huey is the Director of Can-SEBP. 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).

Lorna Ferguson - Student Mentor

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 evidence-based policy and practice, policing, and missing persons, but she has also written on firearms in Canada and the opioid epidemic.

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