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Halifax police hire new research coordinator to help implement strategic plan

Dr. Chris Giacomantonio, a PhD in Criminology from the University of Oxford, started the new gig on Tuesday. He’ll be the force’s first research coordinator.

Dr. Chris Giacomantonio.

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Dr. Chris Giacomantonio.

With the hire of a new research coordinator, Halifax Regional Police are looking to start using evidence-based policing towards the goals in their 10-year strategic plan.

Dr. Chris Giacomantonio, a PhD in Criminology from the University of Oxford, started the new gig on Tuesday. He’ll be the force’s first research coordinator.

“Really it’s just about helping the organization make better decisions based on systematically collected evidence about what seems to be the most appropriate strategy to get to a certain outcome,” he said in an interview.

He said those outcomes could be policing strategies in the community, or internal processes in the department.

Giacomantonio will also be helping the force track its progress in implementing the goals of the 10-year strategic plan. That plan was announced last year, with 10 different priorities from crime reduction and facility upgrades to new training to decrease the chances of re-victimization.

“Really what you should see is a better implementation of something that they were already aiming at,” Giacomantonio said of his role.

“Over time we should be able to be more transparent about the results of our operation, particularly how we’re doing against key goals.”

Halifax police Chief Jean-Michel Blais said in a press released that Giacomantonio “will create a culture of research literacy” within the force.

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