Supporting education and evidence-based innovations in public safety
Who Are We?
We are a group of concerned individuals who believe there is overwhelming evidence of a need for transformation in how police officers in Canada are educated and trained.
We do this by bringing together relevant stakeholders – community members, police, researchers, and politicians – to talk about what police officers need to know to effectively police in the 21st century and have input into the type of education and training officers receive.
After the George Floyd tragedy in the United States, three founding members each wrote op-eds to various papers. David Cassels, now the President of C-CPR wrote about the need for policing to shift back to being peace-keepers and not peace-makers. Peace-keepers are about the community; not about intervening with a heavy hand unless safety is at risk. Togbi Nyaho Tamakloe wrote about the reality of People of Colour in North America and the long history of slavery followed by continuing racism that inhibits opportunity. John Lilley wrote about the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and Canada as a model for police training.
Lots of conversations ensued. The group of believers in change for policing grew to 20 or 30 of whom 15 were core in forming our non-profit society. Recently we applied for charitable status and we hope to know the status of our application in six months.
The first annual Conference on Canadian Police Reform will be held on June 14,15,16th 2022. Click the link at the top of the page for more information and to pre-register at no cost.
To gain the understanding, cooperation and support of community representatives, police practitioners, academics, researchers and government officials and thereby achieve creation of the Canadian College of Policing.
Coalition For Canadian Police Reform
Board Of Directors
Member of the Board
Serving 29 years in The Winnipeg Police Service, retiring as Chief of Police in 2016.
After his retirement, Devon joined U.S. based Matrix Consulting Group where he worked until In October 2020, Devon joined the Ontario Government in the role of Inspector General of Policing and help establish The Inspectorate of Policing, the first of its kind in Canada.
Devon was president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Advancement of Inter-religious Understanding in 2017.
Devon has served on numerous boards and is a strong advocate for community focused groups.
Devon co-authored two children's books, The Little Boy from Jamaica, and The Little Girl from Osoyoos, with his wife, Pearlene. Both books speak to addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion in a collaborative and constructive fashion.
Honourable Wally Oppal
Member of the Board
Wally is an experienced counsel and strategic advisor. His practice focuses on alternative and traditional dispute resolution as well as Indigenous law.
After graduation from the University of British Columbia Law School, Wally went into private practice for a number of years. During this time he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor on many high profile criminal and commercial cases.
In 2005, he was appointed as Attorney General of British Columbia and served as Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism until 2009. Wally was involved in many significant reforms of the justice system, including the establishment of Canada’s first community court to deal with chronic offenders, developing new Rules of Court in order to promote quicker resolution of disputes and developing new initiatives in dealing with violence against women.
A lifetime resident of British Columbia, Wally has dedicated his entire working life to the pursuit of social justice and community safety. His landmark report on policing in British Columbia led to many policing reforms after its publication in 1994. Wally’s service to the public of this province, most recently as Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, is of special significance.
Chief Rob Davis
Member of the Board
Chief Davis began his career in 1990 with the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police Service and
subsequently joined the Six Nations Police Service. In 2005 he joined the Nishawbe Aski Police as an Inspector in charge of their Northwest Region, overseeing the operation and administration of 17 detachments. Rob was seconded to Canadian Police College in 2009. He returned to the Six Nations Police Service as an Inspector and Acting Deputy Chief.
In 2011, Rob was sworn in as Chief of the Dryden Police Service and in 2015 appointed Chief of the Lethbridge Regional Police. 2019, Rob was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Brantford Police Service. He is proud to be a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and a recipient of the prestigious OACP & IPA Gimborn Scholarship for his dedication & efforts to combat gangs and organized crime.
Member of the Board
Kerry began his police career in 1972 with the Lancashire Constabulary in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. In 1975 he returned to Canada and served 20 years in the Hamilton Police Service in all operational areas, receiving 28 commendations: 5 for outstanding homicide investigation, case management and trial preparation, 23 for excellent police work.
He holds a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and Instructional Techniques Diploma from the Canadian Police College. In 1995 he resigned as the S/Sgt in charge of training to start a new career in insurance loss adjusting with Crawford and Company.
In 1998 as President of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Ontario Chapter, he and his team implemented the IAAI World Training Conference in Toronto.
At Crawford, as the VP of Professional Development and Professional Standards and Auditing he designed and implemented both National Claims and Management Training Schools and a system of Professional Standards Review. As the VP of Class Action Services, he created a Class Action Settlement Administration Division responsible for the administration of 55 of the most legally complex class action settlements in Canada. In 2007, the Chief Justices of Ontario and BC appointed Kerry to serve as their Independent Monitor in the $5.6B Indian Residential Schools Class Action Settlement.
He performed 142 guest lecturer appearances before International and National Police, Insurance, and Legal audiences in Canada, UK, Netherlands, US, and the Channel Islands, speaking on Police Liability, Police Training, Class Action Settlement Administration, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Residential Schools, Major Case Management, Insurance, Evidence, Investigative Interviewing.
He performed 41 guest lecturer appearances at the Ontario Police College – Leader Program – teaching Risk Assessment and Risk Management, and 5 guest appearances at the RCMP Training Depot in Regina SK on their Advanced Proceeds of Crime Course.
Member of the Board
Jibril Ibrahim, PEng is a professional Engineer who has worked in various industries in Canada and the United States from automotive, air condition system, design of mobile cranes, and has been working in the oil and gas industries as a manager of Manufacturing facility for drilling tools.
He is currently operation’s and Welding manager of one of the oil industry companies from Alberta and finds fully satisfying to find a time to help Afro Canadians and others who are in need and mentor youth from Alberta.
Mr. Ibrahim is a leader who has been committed for the last 15 years to furthering the wellbeing and success of his Somali community in Edmonton, as well as the larger black community.
He has been involved in the community as:
In all of these capacities, Mr. Ibrahim continues to exemplify transformative leadership qualities and ability to envision possibilities and potential opportunities for black youths and communities, playing a foundational role in empowering young black youth in Edmonton.
Member of the Board
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada with extensive world travel experience. He comes from a family of service to public safety and himself was a former undercover human source for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). Shaikh has worked multiple CLASSIFIED infiltration operations, online and on the ground and was extensively involved with the ISIS social media boom having infiltrated their networks online from 2012-2017 inclusive.
He is an external Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff’s, Strategic Multilayer Assessment Team and participated in supporting several anti-ISIS operations for the U.S. DOD including SOCCENT, the Global Coalition Against Daesh, & others. Shaikh has addressed institutions such as UN Security Council, U.S. Senate on Homeland Security, the (Canadian) Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, and other high-level organizations on various topics related to public safety.
He has a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT, Macquarie), and is a specialist and consultant to international institutions, as well as training police, intelligence and special operations forces on a range of topics. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Safety at Seneca College, and a Counter Extremism Specialist for the renowned NGO, Parents for Peace. Shaikh is also featured in a permanent exhibit at the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. under, “Preventing Terror.”
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.
We have plans and to achieve those plans we need your support - as a member and through your membership fees.
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. An important step in reconciliation is our acknowledgment of traditional land.