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Irvin Waller

Dr. irvin waller

University of Ottawa


Research Interests:

  • Police role in implementing proven ways to reduce violent crime

  • Police role in their response and treatment of victims of crime

  • Police roles that are essential and those better done by other sectors , particularly in relation to crime prevention and community safety planning

Current Projects:

  • Projects in Canada, US and the Americas to harness my books, particularly Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime - these include shifts in police resources and partnerships between police and sectors able to tackle the causes of violence.

    • Effective ways to use evidence and international best practice to significantly reduce violent crime in Canada within the next five years

    • Keynotes and advice to Canadian cities, particularly in relation to the implementation of the Community Safety and Well Being plans required in the Ontario Police and Community Safety Act 2019.

    • Keynotes and advice to various levels of government in the US, Mexico and other parts of the Americas.

    • Initiatives to help countries take action now to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly 5.2 and 16.1-2

  • Recommendations for countries across the world to implement strategies to reduce killings and other abuses of power by police agencies with expert researchers on policing coordinated by Pablo de Grieff at New York University Faculty of Law.

  • Initiatives in Canada and world wide to harness my book on Rights of Victims of Crime, including ways for police to respond to, and treat victims with respect as in the UN Declaration from 1985.  These focus on police as first in aid, increasing victim reporting to police, and systems that give victims influence over police investigations (as in France)

Relevance of Current Projects:

  • My work focuses on effective and cost effective ways to reduce violent crime and respect the rights of victims.  Policing is a key component in this work.

Previous Projects working with Police:

  • Council of Canadian Academies task force on 21st century policing.

  • Advisory committee to Dale McFee as Deputy Minister of Police and Corrections in the Province of Saskatchewan.

  • Numerous books and publications on crime prevention and victim rights, which include significant sections on evidence on what stops crime and advancing victim rights, including key chapters on policing.

  • Director General, Research and Statistics, Solicitor General of Canada from 1974 to 1980

  • Director General, International Centre for Prevention of Crime affiliated with the United Nations from 1994 to 2000.

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