First interactive map to self-report police checks in Montreal


INRS is leading an innovative research project on open data for the benefit of citizens and communities

MONTREAL, July 14, 2021 / CNW Telbec /Montrealers will now be able to self-report their experiences of interpellation through the website. Officially launched today by a multidisciplinary research team from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), mcgill university, Concordia University and University College London, aims to collect detailed data to form a more accurate picture of police checks from a citizens’ perspective.

A unique platform for citizens to report their experiences
the website is part of a research project which aims to produce quantitative data on the social and spatial distribution of police checks in Montreal. It is an important resource for citizens, communities and researchers, since only 5 to 20% of police checks carried out are recorded by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

“We want to have a better image of the police-citizen relationship, because it is an important social issue. This research and citizen science project will be based entirely on 100% open data, ”explains the project’s principal researcher, Carolyn Côté-Lussier, who is professor of urban studies at INRS and researcher at the International Center for Comparative Criminology.

People aged 15 and over will be able to report any police check experience the same day, but also police checks that took place months or even 20 years ago using an anonymous form. Each user can indicate how and where the stop took place, give the context, specify their age, sex, ethnicity or race, and their activity or means of transport during the stop.

The whole project will be open access, which means that all data will be accessible and downloadable by anyone who wants to use it.

Meeting the needs of the community and scientists
In 2019, an independent report commissioned by the City of Montreal racial and social profiling demonstrated by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) targeting Blacks, Arabs and Aboriginals, and young adults in particular. According to the data, Aboriginals and blacks are four to five times more likely to be arrested by police than whites.

“Community organizations do not have access to SPVM data and their complaints are often not taken seriously because they do not have the figures to back them up,” explains Professor Côté-Lussier. “This is a need that has been expressed many times by community organizations since the 1980s. is currently supported by the Center de justice des Premiers Peuples de Montréal, the Center de recherche-action sur les relations raciales, the Maison d’Haïti, the Conseil Interculturel de Montréal, the Conseil Jeunesse de Montréal and the borough of Côte- des-Neiges -Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

“This project will provide much needed information to citizens, as well as to the police, as it will provide a visual representation of the so-called hot spots where most stops between citizens and the police occur and could lead to meaningful conversations between the police. police and citizens based on evidence rather than hearsay, ”explains Myrna lashley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. “The results of this study could help policymakers and politicians determine in which geographic areas to best invest resources, thereby better meeting the needs of citizens. “

The scientific objectives of the team are to produce a report on the project and on the validity of the data. In addition, the data of will contribute to ongoing research on the impact of crime in general (victimization, police presence, sense of security) on mental health and quality of life indicators such as mobility in neighborhoods.

“Our environment has a big impact on our physical and emotional health and well-being. But while our existing data is only a small part of the story, our current understanding is limited and narrow in scope. first step towards expanding our worldview and filling some of these gaps, ”says Lisa Kakinami, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in collaboration with the PERFORM Center, and affiliate member of the faculty of the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Concordia University.

Professor Côté-Lussier adds that the participation of Montrealers is fundamental to the success of this project and emphasizes that the data will benefit both “researchers and the community in general”.

This project is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort between researchers: Carolyn Côté-Lussier (Principal Investigator, National Institute for Scientific Research), Myrna lashley (mcgill university), Jason carmichael (mcgill university), Ben bradford (University college London, United Kingdom), Lisa Kakinami (Concordia University) and Marie-Soleil Cloutier (National Institute for Scientific Research).

About INRS

INRS is a university dedicated exclusively to research and graduate training. Since its creation in 1969, INRS has actively participated in the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec and ranks first for the intensity of research in Quebec and in Canada. INRS is made up of four interdisciplinary research and training centers in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval, and Varennes, with expertise in strategic sectors: Water Earth Environment, Energy Materials Telecommunications, Urbanization Culture Society and Armand-Frappier Health Biotechnology. The INRS community has more than 1,500 students, postdoctoral fellows, teachers and staff.

About mcgill university
Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, mcgill university is from Canada Top ranked medical doctoral university. Mcgill is regularly ranked among the best universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned higher education institution with research activities spanning two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 vocational schools, 300 study programs and over 40,000 students, including over 10,200 graduate students. Mcgill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, with its 12,800 international students representing 31% of the student body. More than half of Mcgill students claim a mother tongue other than English, including around 19% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

About Concordia University
Concordia is a new generation university, which is continually reinventing the future of higher education. Located in the vibrant and multicultural city of Montreal, Concordia is the highest ranked university in North America Founded over the past 50 years and among the most innovative in its approach to experiential learning and cross-functional research.

Each year, the university registers 51,000 diverse and engaged students, including more than 10,000 international students from some 150 countries, in its Faculty of Arts and Sciences, John Molson School work, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Faculty of Fine Arts and Concordia Continuing Education.


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