Sept 16, 2014
Media contact: Anne Russell
UFV students help combat child soldiers in Africa
Two University of the Fraser Valley criminology practicum students are volunteering their time in support of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and its efforts to develop new strategies and tactics for eradicating the recruitment and use of child soldiers worldwide. They are working with CKR Global, an international risk mitigation firm.
The students are preparing comprehensive research reports on issues relating to the incidence of child soldiers and potential avenues for prevention in Chad and South Sudan.
Marie Verbenkov and Jeff Schneider will be researching the nature of child soldier activities and human rights implications in Chad and South Sudan. Their work will complement training that security sector workers receive on the ground from Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative team members.
The students will act as an additional resource in the field by creating detailed country reports that are designed as an extension to the handbook and training for security sector actors developed by the Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. The country reports provide specific information in terms of child protection and child soldiery in support of their mission to end the exploitation of children as soldiers and to help enhance child rights in fragile states and conflict zones.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work on an issue of such great magnitude that can make a real impact on young lives,” said Verbenkov, a UFV criminology student. “I am looking forward to contributing in a positive, meaningful manner to help eliminate the use of child soldiers worldwide, including in Chad and South Sudan. This is a fantastic learning opportunity and I am excited to engage in a project that can help the future of children.”
”This is an incredible opportunity to be working in support of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative,” added Schneider. “It truly is an eye-opening experience to see what goes on in other parts of the world and I’m excited to do my part to help the cause.”
“The research these students are doing will have very practical, real-world application in helping peacekeepers and security forces understand how children are being used as weapons of war in specific conflicts and help them to interrupt recruitment and better protect children,” said Dr. Shelly Whitman, executive director of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.
“This is our first time supporting the great work of the Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and we are excited by what we can do to help,” said Robert Burns, president and CEO of CKR Global, Canada’s leading risk mitigation and investigation firm. “This is the start of our fourth year working with UFV criminology practicum students and it’s been a tremendous experience for us helping them learn about international risk mitigation and human safety.”
Kim Williams, criminology field practicum coordinator at UFV, said practicums such as this one help prepare students for careers.
“Faculty with the UFV Schoolof Criminology and Criminal Justice have partnered with outstanding organizations like CKR Global to create the best practicum experience possible for our students,” she said. ”These practicums, combined with the course and research opportunities within the school, contribute to our graduates being well positioned for exciting careers in criminal justice, by exposing them to project work that enhances their critical thinking, problem solving, and ability to contribute to a socially just world.”
“We are very excited to see our students involved in this work. These partnerships continue to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students and enhance our passion for student success, faculty engagement, and community involvement," said Amy Prevost, director of the UFV School of Criminology.“This is also a great example of the type of international experiences available to UFV students. Our university strives to provide our students and graduates with opportunities to have a positive impact both locally and beyond.”
“Our work with the Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and UFV practicum students dovetails nicely with our ongoing support over the past ten years of UNICEF child rights and justice reform projects in East Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia,” said Burns. “Where it is safe, we have involved UFV practicum students in this work so that they have an immersive experience in another culture and justice system while also gaining practical human rights experience.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with CKR Global and the UFV practicum students to further our mission to bring an end to the use of children as weapons of war,” added Whitman.
Founded by retired lieutenant-general and celebrated humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a global partnership committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers worldwide, through ground-breaking research, advocacy, and security-sector training.
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CKR Global is Canada's leading provider of risk mitigation and investigation services. CKR provides innovative solutions that reduce client risk, minimize loss, enhance compliance and increase human safety. We enable our clients to enhance business performance and ensure operational continuity by providing the experts and the tools to manage all levels of risk.
With over 700 subject matter experts in 25 offices across Canada, and strategic locations around the world, we offer expert support to corporate and government organizations nationally and internationally. CKR Global is there to protect our clients' business interests from all levels of risk, enabling our clients to perform at the top of their respective industries.
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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY www.ufv.ca
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz.
In the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UFV students can pursue careers in the criminal justice and public safety fields. UFV’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (two years), a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (four years), and a Criminal Justice diploma.
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Amy Prevost, PhD
Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of the Fraser Valley
New Book by UFV Authors
August 15, 2014
Media contact: Anne Russell
New book by UFV authors reveals the key principles of police-based crime reduction
In the early 2000s, police agencies in British Columbia were forced to reimagine their approach to emerging crime problems. The traditional ways of responding and reacting were not as effective against the increase in gang activity, auto theft, drug production, and other crimes taking place throughout the province.
In their new book, Eliminating Crime: The Seven Essential Principles of Police-based Crime Reduction, authors Dr. Irwin M. Cohen, Dr. Darryl Plecas, Amanda V. McCormick, and Adrienne M.F. Peters explore the paths taken and the lessons learned as British Columbia police agencies researched and introduced effective and efficient new policing strategies based on seven essential principles.
“This book focuses on what the police need to do to achieve the greatest success in effectively and efficiently reducing crime in their communities,” the authors write in the introduction. “While some police agencies have adopted some of these practices… there are very few, if any, agencies that have fully adopted and integrated all of these core principles into their everyday business rules.”
The book was published through the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in B.C. by Len Garis, Fire Chief in Surrey, B.C. and an adjunct professor at the UFV’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The book is dedicated to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts for her leadership in implementing the city’s award-winning Crime Reduction Strategy.
The book describes the seven essential crime-reduction principles identified by the authors in their review of case studies, scientific research, police data and statistics, and best practices:
1. Be information-led — collect, maintain, and act on accurate and relevant crime and offender data.
2. Be intelligence-led — Integrate and use crime and intelligence analyses in strategic and tactical operations.
3. Focus on offenders — identify and target existing and emerging high risk, prolific, and persistent offenders.
4. Focus on problems — identify, understand, and target the key drivers of crime.
5. Develop meaningful partnerships — identify and leverage partners who could contribute to achieving crime reduction solutions.
6. Be pre-emptive — get ahead of crime by using crime data to be proactive against offenders, criminal events, and emerging crime trends.
7. Be performance-based — build accountability measures into each initiative and focus on outcomes, rather than outputs.
Each chapter of the book is devoted to one essential principle and includes real-life examples and specific recommendations. The appendix outlines a series of questions that police leaders can use to assess their organization and guide their decision-making.
The book’s forward is written by RCMP Assistant Commander Norm Lipinski, Criminal Operations Officer for E’ Division Core Policing, and Chief Constable Bob Rich of the Abbotsford Police Department in British Columbia.
“In the fight to reduce crime, the trick for us all is to incorporate those ideas, strategies, and tactics that work,” they write. “For law enforcement practitioners, here is a great, well-researched guide, drawn from the collective policing experience and knowledge in the Canadian framework. It is a must-read for anyone who works in our business who wants to make a difference!”
Eliminating Crime: The Seven Essential Principles of Police-based Crime Reduction adds to the body of work developed by the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research located in the University of the Fraser Valley’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research is committed to expanding innovation and research in criminal justice and public safety.
Copies of the book can be downloaded at http://cjr.ufv.ca
For more information, contact:
Dr. Irwin M. Cohen