The Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach (OCR-GO), part of the Policing and Security Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG), is leading the development of a new joint research model in British Columbia through a Crime Reduction Research Program (CRRP). The CRRP is supported and informed by a Working Group which includes representation from partnership agencies including the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Branch (CSCPB), MPSSG, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) “E” Division.
The CRRP operates a $1M annual funding allocation dedicated to support university-led research at Canadian institutions. The CRRP focuses on investing in pragmatic research that can be applied to support policing operations and inform evidence-based decisions on policies and programs related to public safety in British Columbia.
The OCR-GO, on behalf of the CRRP Working Group, invites submission of research proposals in support of this mandate. Partnership agencies of the CRRP Working Group will support successful proposals by working with researchers to refine study design as necessary, provide or acquire requisite data for projects, and advise on the validity of data interpretation and the practicality of recommendations. Police data can be provided as necessary, subject to security requirements.
Call for Research Project Proposals
Following the targeted call-out that was distributed in October 2018, the Crime Reduction Research Working Group has prioritized a number of research themes for the second allotment of funding.