Police Information and Statistics (POLIS) Committee


    Quality data for quality policing


    POLIS supports progressive change in policing, in partnership with the Policing Services Program of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, a Division of Statistics Canada, and other partners, through the development and communication of meaningful public safety information.

    Mandate/Strategic Priorities:

    1. Ensure that emerging police issues, priorities and concerns are addressed by Statistics Canada surveys and products;
    2. Facilitate the development of partnerships among governments and criminal justice agencies to further the integration of justice information systems;
    3. Collaborate with Statistics Canada and police organizations to develop standard police performance indicators;
    4. Promote improved police management and decision making by identifying, developing and communicating best practices in the collection, analysis and application of statistical information;
    5. Ensure that, in the development of surveys of crime and police resources, police can provide in a standardized and cost-effective manner;
    6. Promote innovation in information systems, collection techniques and other matters that improve the production and utility of police information;
    7. Review Statistics Canada reports before public release to ensure that appropriate context surrounding issues and trends is included to explain differences in local and regional comparisons, and changes in trends.

    Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:

    Over the past year, the POLIS committee worked with Statistics Canada to:

    • Improve the collection of data on the involvement of organized crime in criminal violations.
    • Examine the feasibility of collecting national uniform data on calls for service and develop a national set of standard police performance indicators.
    • Recommend and endorse changes to the UCR survey and records management systems to improve data on cybercrime (accomplished with collaboration with the CACP e-crime committee).
    • Recommend and endorse other changes to the UCR survey to ensure data relevance.
    • Provide input into the redesign of Statistics Canada’s Police Administration Survey and its Homicide Survey.
    • Identify the availability of data to produce performance metrics related to the legalization of marijuana.
    • Continue to advance data quality, comparability and relevance of UCR other police-reported data across police services.
    • Make recommendations regarding the collection of data on unfounded incidents collected via the UCR Survey, and plan work on this issue moving forward.
    • Review nine reports by the CCJS to provide policing perspective and input.

    Initiatives Planned 2017/2018:

    • In cooperation with other working groups and experts, recommend to CACP a suite of national, uniform police performance and community safety indicators that are or will be feasible to collect.
    • Establish common categories for classifying calls for service and support feasibility work for common data collection.
    • In collaboration with the CACP E-crimes Committee and other relevant stakeholders, improve the availability of cybercrime data via the UCR and other sources.  Work with the E-crimes Committee to validate statistical needs of policing organizations, as well as an inventory of police and non-police measurements.
    • Support the redesigns of the Police Administration Survey and the Homicide Survey.