Current Projects

Decriminalization: A Proposed Theory of Change for Improved Community Safety and Wellbeing Outcomes

The societal, economic and human costs of problematic substance use in Canada weigh heavily on everyone, in one way or another. The idea of decriminalizing simple possession of illicit substances has generated considerable debate in Canadian society. Over the past 18 months, there have been growing calls for decriminalization from multiple constituencies.
Against this backdrop, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) engaged CSKA to support their organization be better positioned to:
• Develop a contextualized understanding of where, how and why decriminalization may enhance community safety and wellbeing outcomes; and
• Play a leadership role in achieving whole-of-system capacity alongside reforms toward decriminalization.

Police Budgeting Review

Determining appropriate levels of funding to enable police
agencies to meet current needs and expectations, while shaping
their approaches to meet future community safety and well-being
expectations has never been more important. Rising costs of
policing, the changing nature and understanding of crime and
harm, together with broad-based calls for social change are
among a number of key trends backstopping efforts by
progressive police and other social system leaders to reshape how
policing and community safety and well-being services are
organized and delivered. How police are funded during such
dynamic times of change matters.
It is against this backdrop that the Edmonton Police Commission
(EPC) and the Peel Regional Police Commission (PRPC) engaged
the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) to explore how
to ensure a funding system that allows the police to remain
flexible to adopting alternative service delivery models and
approaches to meet emerging exigencies.

Enhancing Cyber Security in Agriculture

The Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) today announced its involvement in a project that will contribute to enhancing cyber security in Canada’s agriculture sector. This project is funded by Public Safety Canada’s Cyber Security Cooperation Program, as part of its commitment to build a safe and resilient Canada.

Work completed in the project will strengthen the cyber security of Canada’s agricultural system in support of domestic food security; rural economic development and resilience; and national prosperity anchored to our international reputation for an agricultural supply chain that responsibly addresses global priorities related to food production, food quality, and environmental stewardship.

Completed Projects

Thompson Community Safety and Well-Being Plan 2021-2024

Over the course of 2020-21 the City of Thompson and the Community Wellness and Public Safety Advisory Committee spearheaded a process of community engagement and research that culminated in this three-year Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan facilitated by the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA).   This work was initiated as a way to address concerning levels of crime and harm in the city and to strengthen community assets so that Thompson can be safer, healthier and more inclusive.  While the issues confronting Thompson are complex, long-standing and often multi-generational, the community benefits from strong, creative individuals and organizations committed to turning this around to make Thompson a safe and healthy place to live, work and visit.

Technology-enabled Community Mobilization in Remote Communities


This study will seek to identify potential technology solutions that might enable the Hub model of collaborative risk-driven community safety, together with its follow-on interventions at the individual and/or family level, to be established in remote communities that might otherwise not benefit from the Hub approach.

Review of the Manitoba Police Services Act

To ensure the Police Services Act (PSA) remains current with evolving standards and practices in policing and police governance, section 90 of the Act requires the Manitoba Minister of Justice to undertake a comprehensive review of the Act within a specified period. Following a competitive process, the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA), a Canadian non-profit organization, was engaged to undertake this independent review.

Modernizing Police Leadership Competencies

The Canadian Police Knowledge Network in partnership with the Canadian Police College and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police launched a comprehensive research and consultation project including a subsequent report which assessed the current state of the competency- based management framework and tools utilized by various police agencies in Canada.  The project was launched in late 2019 and completed by the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) in March of 2020.

Police Leadership Competencies – Survey

Under the direction of the CPKN National Advisory Committee’s Competency Sub-Committee and the Canadian Police College, the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) undertook a short study to ascertain the purposes for which competencies are currently being used, what model or derivative thereof are in use, and the degree of satisfaction organizations have with their current model.  The organizations are looking to provide a competency framework that will be consistent across CPC leadership development initiatives.

Revealing the Names of Homicide Victims: Understanding the Issues


A comprehensive review and subsequent report titled “Revealing the Names of Homicide Victims: Understanding the Issues”, was launched in early 2019 and completed by the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) in April, at the request of Edmonton Police Service Chief Dale McFee.

Re-integration of High Risk Violent Offending Youth into Remote Communities


This project seeks to identify innovative solutions to improving the efficacy of the re-integration into remote communities of high-risk violent young offenders under the Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS) program.