Cultural Competency Training of Police Officers and Security Personnel

The Environics Institute is collaborating with McGill University, Ryerson University and the University of Saskatchewan in a major study to assess the adequacy of the cultural competency training provided to the country’s police officers and security personnel.  By “cultural competency” we mean the skills required to effectively interact with individuals and groups from diverse communities (with respect to culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, race and other characteristics). The research is intended to provide valuable insights and direction to improving cultural competency training for police and security personnel.

One component of this study is a public opinion survey conducted with the general public in Toronto,  Montreal and Saskatoon to gauge citizens’ experiences and perceptions with respect to national and local police and their effectiveness in dealing with different communities within their city.  

The results of this study will be published in the latter half of 2014.  For more information contact:

Dr. Myrna Lashley (McGill University

Dr. Keith Neuman (Environics Institute)