Editorial Team

Executive oversight of the Journal of CSWB is provided by the CEO and the Board of Directors of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA). For more information on the alliance and its broader mandate, please see www.cskacanada.ca


Norman E. Taylor
Email: ntaylor@cskacanada.ca

A widely recognized author, speaker and architect of change in Canadian policing and community safety, including both Saskatchewan’s and Ontario’s innovative and well-known approaches to CSWB, Norm Taylor brings unique experience and a well-informed perspective to his role as EIC.

Taylor also brings a strong background in the adult education, public policy and research fields, through his four decades in private practice as an executive advisor to senior government officials in multiple sectors and human service disciplines. He co-founded and has served for over 15 years as the Program Director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Executive Global Studies Program, where he has led almost 200 police leaders through global research studies in a wide range of priority policy areas, conducted in 49 countries to date. In 2017, Norm was named to the Expert Panel that is currently guiding the Council of Canadian Academies commissioned work on Policing with Indigenous Communities. He is also a founding architect and active member of the CACP e-Crimes Cyber Council, a member of the CACP International Policing Committee, and a frequent contributor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) workshops and committees.

Taylor received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award (2012) on nomination by the CACP for his two-decades of work in support of policing futures. He is also a recipient of the Saskatchewan Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration: Innovation (2014), and he earned the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Gold Medal, as well as Athabasca University’s Excellence in Research Scholarship, upon completing his Masters degree (2008).

In October 2018, Norm was awarded an Honorary Queen's Commission in the Ontario Provincial Police, presented by outgoing Commissioner Vince Hawkes and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, for his dedication to public safety, inclusion, and the overall well-being of police officers.


The overall editorial tone and direction of the Journal of CSWB is overseen by an Editorial Board that is chaired by the EIC and includes the active participation and contributions of several highly qualified Section Editors. Our current slate of Section Editors is as follows.

Dr. Katy Kamkar – Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She is Director - Badge of Life Canada (BOLC) which is a peer-led national charitable organization for Police and Corrections/First Responders across Canada who are dealing with psychological injuries suffered in the line of duty. She is a Member of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) Advisory Council. She is also serving on the CIPSRT (Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment) National Policing Research Committee. She is part of the Scientific Advisory Committee – Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC); as well as a Founding & Credentialed Member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).

One of her greatest interests is to provide education to the public to promote mental health awareness and well-being. Dr. Kamkar has also started Police Blog series: “Behind the Badge: Mental Health and Police Service” to further help reduce stigma of mental illness, promote mental health and positive cultural change and the understanding that mental trauma should be recognized and treated the same as physical injury.

She has also been part of building the Toronto Police Service Competencies for Front Line and Leadership to achieve modernization efforts and strive towards a culture of excellence. She is presently part of the provincial project between the Fire Chiefs, Fire Unions, Occupational Wellness areas of Kingston, Kitchener and Vaughan, Mental Health Professionals and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) to further mental health and operational guidelines from Wellness, Prevention, Interventions, to Return to Work.

Dr. Brian Rector – Executive Director, Research and Evidence-based Excellence, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice: Corrections and Policing

Dr. Rector began employment with the Government of Saskatchewan in 1981, and over the past nearly 40 years has functioned as director of psychology and treatment in fields such as developmental disabilities, child welfare, young offenders and adult corrections. Dr. Rector is currently Executive Director of Research and Evidence-Based Excellence. This branch functions across government ministries consisting of program experts, mathematicians, and computer scientists. These staff, in collaboration with university and private enterprise parties, function as one team in using advanced analytics to improve outcomes for individuals. Projects include areas such as: improving positive outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare; decrease child deaths and severe injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

Dr. Rector is currently involved with the Saskatoon Police Service and the University of Saskatchewan in the development of the Saskatchewan Police Predictive Analytics Lab (SPPAL). This lab will involve multiple police services, public safety agencies, and other community collaborators. The lab partners have developed leading-edge security architecture to protect static data, while having the ability to access external “live” data such as social media. The inaugural project for the lab is Missing Persons: Children and Adults.

Professor Nick Crofts – Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Professor Nick Crofts is an epidemiologist and public health practitioner who has been working in the fields of HIV/AIDS, illicit drugs, harm reduction and law enforcement for over 30 years. His major epidemiological work has been on the control of HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users in Australia (for which he received an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship) and globally, including almost every country in Asia, for which he received the International Rolleston Award from the International Harm Reduction Association in 1998.

He was at the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health for 19 years, where he was instrumental in building its Public and International Health arms, was Deputy Director for five years. He was Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre for three years, and then at the Nossal Institute for Global Health for three years. He was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin in 2012, and is currently a Senior Expert at the International Development Law Organization in The Hague, resident in Amsterdam. He has been a member of Australia's National Council on AIDS three times, and has performed multiple consultancies for WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, AusAID and other bilateral and multilateral agencies.

As a designer and technical director of AusAID's flagship HIV/AIDS program in Asia, ARHP 2002-2007, he was instrumental in building capacity among SE Asian police forces in relation to HIV, and has worked in many settings forging relationships between police and public health. Through the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health, of which he is founding Director, he founded the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN) in 2009, convenes the International Working Group on Policing Marginalised Communities, and is Director of the biennial Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences (LEPH2016, Amsterdam, October 2016).

Dr. Rick Linden – Professor, University of Manitoba, and Member, Manitoba Police Commission

Rick Linden is a Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. He has B.A and M.A. degrees in Sociology from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Rick is the author of over 65 published papers and reports and is the author or editor of four books, including Canada’s best-selling Criminology text, which is now in its 9th edition. He was the Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission from 2011-2016 and the Chair of the Manitoba Auto Theft Task Force from 2001-2015. He is currently involved in the planning, management, and evaluation of several different community safety and crime reduction initiatives.