Darryl Davies

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The Ottawa Sun’s preposterous ‘editorial on police’ is proof that stupid exists

The Ottawa Sun’s preposterous ‘editorial on police’ is proof that stupid exists

The September 27, 2020 editorial by the Ottawa Sun titled ‘Let police keep their pay when under suspension’ defies logic. Three-quarters of their editorial focuses on the fact that we have rampant and widespread police misconduct in the Ottawa Police Service. As they say ten police officers [...]

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A lack of police accountability and oversight is the sole reason for public anger

A lack of police accountability and oversight is the sole reason for public anger

This past weekend demonstrations across Canada by various groups and individuals demanding that governments defund police are the result of the lack of police accountability in Canada. Police violence has reached such an unacceptable level in this country that it has undermined people’s trust [...]

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It’s time for brain over brawn in policing

It’s time for brain over brawn in policing

As a result of some very disturbing incidents involving the use of force by the RCMP Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Safety, has been tasked with examining the standards and protocols involving police and the use of force. Part of the dilemma is that police officers are inadequately trained when it [...]

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Police investigating police result in no consequences

Police investigating police result in no consequences

There is no doubt that one of the major catalysts behind the calls to defund the police has to do with the blatant ineffectiveness of police oversight agencies in this province and across Canada. If these agencies actually did what they are supposed to do and that is conduct unbiased investigations into [...]

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‘Defund the Police’ is a call for REFORM

‘Defund the Police’ is a call for REFORM

Photo: Pedro Domingos Prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic Ottawa Police Services (OPS) Chief Peter Sloly announced plans to hire thirty-one new police officers. He received quick approval for the request from the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB), despite the OPS currently having over [...]

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Canada needs guardian police not warrior police

Canada needs guardian police not warrior police

ABOVE: Commissioner of the RCMP Brenda Lucki and Alberta Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki both said that there was no racism in policing in Canada until the Prime Minister stated there was. Twenty-four hours later, both officers exclaimed that indeed there was racism. ABOVE RIGHT: Chief Allen Adam [...]

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Hiring more cops should come with conditions

Hiring more cops should come with conditions

Above: Ottawa Chief of Police, Peter Sloly The appointment of Peter Sloly as Ottawa’s new Chief of Police should be welcome news for the residents of our community. The Ottawa Police Service has been under a barrage of criticism both internally from its own members and externally by members of [...]

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Why the NDP have a moral obligation to demand changes to the RCMP Act

Why the NDP have a moral obligation to demand changes to the RCMP Act

As a criminologist who has written extensively about the need to reform the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). I often receive correspondence from present and former members of the RCMP. Recently, I received an email from an individual that clearly articulates a major problem with the RCMP Act and [...]

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Are Ottawa taxpayers getting value for money from the OPS?

Are Ottawa taxpayers getting value for money from the OPS?

Photo credit: Michael Burns It is absolutely preposterous for the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to be seeking an increase in their budget in excess of five percent from the taxpayers of this City. It is sheer lunacy for the City Council to even entertain such a proposal. Now don’t get me wrong. [...]

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If Horses Could Fly - Why You Can’t Police Your Way Out of Gun Violence?

If Horses Could Fly - Why You Can’t Police Your Way Out of Gun Violence?

Community policing has been around for at least twenty years. For many this approach which utilizes foot patrols and increased interaction with residents in a community has long been touted by police administrators and especially politicians as the most effective way to reduce crime. In theory, it is [...]

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