A Health Perspective on Police Funding in Canada

Population Health Management
In Progress
Police Funding
September 2020 - December 2023 | Funders: AFP Innovation Fund


The Police Funding study has two parts: the first is a longitudinal budget analysis of the 20 largest municipalities in Canada. This analysis aimed to compare police funding across municipalities and over time, compare police funding to other public services, and examine the relationship between police funding and crime rates. The second part of the study is a scoping review and critical discourse analysis aiming to collect health perspectives on the movement to defund police and analyze these emerging discourses.


This study lays the groundwork for future research into the rationales for resource allocation to law enforcement in Canada, a critical area of study considering the increasing threat that police violence poses with rising budgets. Public resource allocation should be evidence-based in order to best promote the well-being of communities.


Police Funding and Crime Rates in 20 of Canada’s Largest Municipalities: A Longitudinal Study
Mélanie S.S. Seabrook, Alex Luscombe, Nicole Balian, Aisha Lofters, Flora I. Matheson, Braden G. O’Neill, Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Navindra Persaud, and Andrew D. Pinto

Canadian Public Policy 2023 49:4, 383-398

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Advisory Members

  • Dr. Ananya Banerjee (Advisory Member)
  • Semir Bulle (Advisory Member)
  • Dr. Adam Pyle (Advisory Member)
  • Dr. Danyaal Raza (Advisory Member)
  • 3 Advisors (Anonymous)

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