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More alike than different: Dr. Laura Huey discusses policing in Canada vs. America

It turns out, American policing shares many of the same challenges as other countries

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American law enforcement often views itself as an island. Except for the influence of the UK’s Sir Robert Peel and his Peelian Principles in 1822, we do not seem to compare our operations and experiences with police agencies in other countries. But when attending gatherings like the FBI’s National Academy and meeting with international police officers, you find that American policing does, in fact, share many of the same common issues with our brothers and sisters in other countries.

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley talks to Dr. Laura Huey, a Canadian criminologist specializing in the study of public policing, victimization, missing persons and mental health issues in criminal justice, about the similarities and differences between policing in the United States and Canada.

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Dr. Laura Huey

Dr. Huey is a professor at the University of Western Ontario in the department of sociology. She is also the editor-in-chief of the international journal “Police Practice & Research,” chair of the Working Group on Mental Health and Policing of the COVID-19 Taskforce of the Royal Society of Canada, former vice-chair of the American Society of Criminologists’ division of policing, and the former executive director of the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

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