What makes professional policing?

That’s exactly what the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) is hoping to find out through a three-phase study, which should be complete by the spring.

“I’m confident in the members of the Edmonton Police Service and I’m proud of the way they conduct themselves on a daily basis,” said Deputy Norm Lipinski, chair of the CACP ethics committee.

“As a leader I’m interested in ensuring that we continue to have the most qualified and well-trained officers serving the community.”

The study, being implemented by Dr. Stephen Maguire, adjunct research professor at Carleton University, is in its third phase, an online survey.

The survey component of the study asks police officers from across Canada about a range of issues, including work environment and conditions, management and supervision, decision-making, discipline and community engagement.

“I think it’s going to make a difference for policing in our country,” said CACP president and?Toronto police Chief Bill Blair.

“It’s going to help us understand how we can continue to build strong, respectful relationships and how we can continue to maintain the reputation of policing in Canada that has earned us international recognition.”