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ICURS Engaging on Public Health and Policing Issues

-Written by Richard Bent, ICURS Senior Research Fellow

Since attending the first Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 2012, ICURS has presented at, and become an active participant in, the planning of subsequent meetings, both of which were held in Amsterdam. There is growing recognition of the value of this conference, which now attracts participants from throughout the world from diverse professions and backgrounds. Initially, the conference participants were mostly academics, but participation since has expanded to include more and more interest and involvement from government ministers and senior government bureaucrats, policing, health care, and of course, academia.  

The principle orator of LEPH 2016 was former Canadian federal Minister of Justice and Minister of Health, Allan Rock. Mr. Rock’s presentation, “Crossing at the Intersection: Criminal Justice, Public Health and Political Peril,” leveraged his experience in both public health and the Justice portfolios to set the stage for the entire conference in his opening oration. 

The LEPH Conference has always cast a wide net of themes and topics touching on police-public health partnerships, how to optimize and sustain partnerships, and many other topics that are, or are potentially, of interest to Canada and to Canadian research. The following are the major conference themes and topics taken from the LEPH 2016 website: 

The aim of the LEPH2016 was to present a multi-focused Conference Program to address three main areas in generation of action:

•                Substantive issues – all the particular public health and social issues in which the police-public health partnership is important

•                Organisational issues – how to best achieve optimal and sustainable partnerships and collaboration

•                Reflection and methodological issues – creating a science of the public health and law enforcement intersection


There was a very diverse range of topics – each with their own challenges – including:

•                Disability: policing and People with Disabilities

•                Road trauma: impacts of road policing on public health

•                Mental health: special challenges for policing

•                Public health as crime prevention

•                Policing and Public Health: the research, education and training agenda

•                Alcohol regulation: regulation for health and public order

•                Vulnerability, policing and public health issues

•                Policing and HIV

•                Violence: the Unsafe City and other violence prevention

•                The Developing World

•                Migrant, Refugee, Minority and Indigenous health

•                Police leadership in public health responses

•                Policing and marginalised communities

ICURS research in recent years has touched on many of these themes and topics, especially as it must do with the interactions of persons with mental illness with health services and police.   

Further information about the 2016 LEPH Conference can be found at:

The 2016 Meeting of the Western Society of Criminology

This meeting took place from February 4 through 7, 2016, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

ICURS presentations for this year's meeting included (for access to PDF copies of these presentations, please visit the ICURS Summit collection):

  • A spatial analysis of crime and public transit in Port Moody, British Columbia - Allison Campbell, SFU, Martin Andresen, SFU
  • Crime seasonality and spatial analysis of Calgary - Monica Ly, SFU
  • The trajectories of crime at places: Understanding the patterns of disaggregated crime types - Andrea S. Curman, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Martin A. Andresen, SFU
  • Transit hotspots: A spatial analysis of the Skytrain system in Vancouver, BC - Jordana K. Gallison, SFU, Martin A. Andresen, SFU
  • Body disposal pathways in Canadian sexual homicides: An investigative approach - Ashley N. Hewitt, SFU, Eric Beauregard, SFU
  • Data collection for police calls-for-service involving persons with mental illness - Adam Vaughan, SFU, Katherine Brine, SFU, Martin Andresen, SFU, Patricia Brantingham, SFU, Simon Verdun-Jones, SFU
  • The prevalence of crime in British Columbia - Bryan Kinney, SFU, Paul J. Brantingham, SFU
  • Police service delivery in non-urban settings: The challenges of rural and remote communities - Bryan Kinney, SFU, Jessica Woodley, SFU, Monica Ly, SFU
  • Crime basket analysis: Understanding the attributes of events with which the criminal justice system - Amir Ghaseminejad, SFU, Patricia L. Brantingham, SFU, Paul J. Brantingham, SFU
  • iPatrol+: Patterns of public disorder from a community volunteer perspective - Blake Chersinoff, Vancouver Police Department, Herbert Tsang, Trinity Western University, Valerie Spicer, SFU/ICURS
  • Exploring the impact of land use and transportation networks on the spatial crime distribution - Allison Campbell, SFU, Kathryn Wuschke, SFU, Martin A. Andresen, SFU
  • Crime corridors: The crime impact of public transit systems on major arterials - Justin Song, SFU, Kathryn Wuschke, SFU, Patricia Brantingham, SFU, Valerie Spicer, SFU
  • But where do the offenders go?: Examining crime displacement and diffusion of crime control benefits - Tarah Hodgkinson, SFU
  • Celerity in provincial court case processing in BC - Andrew Reid, SFU, David M. MacAlister, SFU
  • Transformations from the dark side of drug use - Bryan Kinney, SFU, Denise M. Sami, SFU

Katherine Brine successfully defended her Master of Arts thesis on December 11, 2015.

Katherine's thesis is titled, "The Rural and Remote North: An Ecological Exploration of Mental-Health-Related Police Contacts in Northern British Columbia." For access to this document, please click here.

Allison Campbell and Monica Ly attend the International Association of Crime Analysts 2015 Conference in Denver, Colorado

The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) is a professional organization that promotes analysis, develops skills, advocates standards of performance and provides valuable opportunities for networking. The annual training conference is an opportunity to learn new strategies and tactics, discuss ideas, network with peers from across the United States and abroad, and meet new professional associates. For more information, click here.

Drs. Patricia and Paul Brantingham, and Dr. Martin Andresen, present at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Symposium 2015 in Christchurch, NZ

Drs. Patricia and Paul Brantingham, and Dr. Martin Andresen, travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand to present at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Symposium from June 22-25, 2015. Drs. Patricia and Paul Brantingham discussed new propositions in crime pattern theory flowing from research conducted at ICURS and many other locations around the world. Dr. Martin Andresen presented on some of his recent spatial analyses of crime patterns in Brazil. For more information, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Rossmo who won the Ronald V. Clarke ECCA Award for Fundamental Contributions to Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis at the 2015 Symposium in Christchurch, NZ 

ICURS presents at the 2015 Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC

In June 2015, ICURS presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting held at Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre campus. Dr. Martin Andresen and Kathryn Wuschke organized three special sessions around the geographies of crime. Many of the ICURS researchers presented their recent work, which included:

Adam Vaughan, Ashley Hewitt, Martin Andresen, & Patricia Brantingham, Simon Fraser University
Exploring the role of the environmental context in the spatial distribution of calls-for-service associated with emotionally disturbed persons

Kathryn Wuschke, Simon Fraser University
Urban crime clusters: Exploring the impact of land use, activity nodes and pathways on the spatial crime distribution

Martin Andresen, Simon Fraser University; & Nicolas Malleson, University of Leeds
Intra-week spatial-temporal patterns of crime

Shannon J. Linning & Martin Andresen, Simon Fraser University
Crime at places and spatial concentration: Exploring the spatial stability of property crime in Vancouver BC, 2003-2013

Silas N. Melo, Lindon Fonseca Matias, University of Campinas, Brazil; & Martin Andresen, Simon Fraser University
Crime concentrations and similarities in spatial crime patterns: The importance of spatial scale

Débora V. S. Pereira, Federal University of Pernambuco; Martin Andresen, Simon Fraser University; & Caroline M. M. Mota, Federal University of Pernambuco
Spatial analysis of homicides in Recife, Brazil

For abstracts and more information about this conference, click here.