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Check the links on this page for professional associations and organizations in the criminal justice field. Many of them publish journals, newsletters, and other publications as well as routes to professional development and accreditation. Some of them offer scholarships, grants, study and research opportunities. All of them provide a collegial environment for professionals in your field.

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Crime Prevention

  • Alberta Crime Prevention
    "The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) represents individuals and organizations interested in preventing and reducing crime in Alberta communities."
    (About ACCPA, n.d., para. 1)
  • Children and Youth Crime Prevention Through Social Development
    "This website explains both the theory and practice of crime prevention through social development, highlights some of the most exciting current projects in this area, and provides opportunities for you to get involved. "
    (Crime Prevention Home Page, n.d., para. 7)
  • Government of Canada - National Crime Prevention Strategy
    "The National Crime Prevention Strategy is the Government of Canada's action plan to reduce crime by addressing its root causes in order to build stronger, healthier communities."
    (National Crime Prevention Strategy, n.d., para. 1)
  • Government of Canada - Public Safety
    Access the Government of Canada’s Public Safety webpage for resources
  • Ontario Provincial Police Crime Prevention
    This site provides valuable information regarding Crime Stoppers, youth issues, seniors' assistance, abuse issues, community issues, and rural and agricultural crime.
    (Crime Prevention Section, n.d.)
  • The Canadian Harm Reduction Network
    "The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations across Canada dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies."
    (Home: Welcome, n.d. para. 1)

Criminal Justice

  • Canadian Criminal Justice Association
    "The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada."
    (Why join the CCJA?, n.d., para. 1)
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners
    "The Association, based upon cooperation, shares information about the latest innovations, issues, problems and solutions confronting criminal justice today. IALEP serves as a forum to exchange ideas, programs, techniques, and policies."
    (Home: Introduction – History and Organization of the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, n.d., para. 2)
  • World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
    "This factbook... provides narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world."
    (The World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems: Abstract, para. 1)


  • Calgary Police Service - Gang Information
    This website has been set up to inform concerned Calgarians about the efforts of the Calgary Police Service to prevent gang-related crime and violence.
    (Home, 2006, para. 1)
  • Inside Prison Gangs
    "A list of prison gang profiles, including location of operation, formation year, objectives, structure, organization, and known-leaders."
    (Prison Gang Profiles, para. 1, 2006)
  • Street Gangs: A Review of Theory, Interventions, and Implications for Corrections
    A paper co-authored by Vincent Roper, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Athabasca University. "This paper aims to review the literature surrounding street gangs to better inform Correctional Service of Canada policies, procedures, and future research. Gang definitions, the evolution of street gangs and the current scope of the street gang problem, both inside and outside the institution, are presented in an American and Canadian context."
    (Correctional Services of Canada: Research – 2004 No R–161 – Executive Summary, 2004, para. 2)
  • The Community Solution to Gang Violence
    This website "is an initiative comprised of diverse groups of individuals, including private citizens, community organizations and all levels of government, who work collaboratively on a strategic, community–wide approach to address the issues of gangs and gang violence."
    (CSGV Initiative: Vision Statement, 2005, para. 1)

Government Agencies


  • International Police Association
    "The IPA strives to enhance the image of the police in its member countries, and to facilitate international cooperation through friendly contacts between police officers of all continents."
    (Welcome to IPA Canada, 2006, para. 1)
  • International Police Association: United States Section
    "The association promotes global and cultural friendship among [active and retired] peace officers."
    (About the IPA, n.d., para. 1)
  • International Union of Police Associations
    The IUPA "works to improve legislation that protects and affects public safety officers."
    (About IUPA: Our Mission, 2006, para. 1)
  • The Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS)
    "Its principal purpose is to provide informed debate in Canada on security and intelligence issues."
    (CASIS Homepage, n.d., para. 1)
  • The International Institute on Special Needs Offenders and Policy Research (Canada)
    "The Canadian Institute has developed new goals and objectives to meet the needs of governmental and non-governmental organizations, service providers and service users on behalf of those who are mentally ill and/or developmentally disabled persons or persons with special needs who are in conflict with the law."
    (Homepage, 2006, para. 2)
  • The International Police Executive Symposium
    "The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of the policing profession."
    (Home, n.d., para. 1)
  • The Police Sector Council (PSC)
    The mandate of this council is "to enable Canadian policing organizations, partners and stakeholders to implement innovative, practical solutions to human resource planning and management challenges."
    (Welcome, 2006, para. 3)

General Research

  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
    "The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data."
    (About NACJD: Mission/Programs, n.d., para. 1)
  • Statistics Canada - Crime and Justice
    A list of surveys of surveys and statistical programs related to criminal justice.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
    "The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States."
    (Home: Welcome, n.d., para. 1)
  • The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics
    The BJS "collect[s], analyze[s], publish[es], and disseminat[es], information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government."
    (About BJS, April 6, 2006, para. 1)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    "The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime."
    (About Us, 2006, para. 1)
  • United Nations Survey of Crime Trends
    "The collection of statistics on crime at the international level."
    (Research: Crime Statistics, Research and Analysis – United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operation of Criminal Justice Systems, 2006, para. 1)
  • Vera Institute of Justice
    "The Vera Institute of Justice works closely with leaders in government and civil society to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice. Vera develops innovative, affordable programs that often grow into self-sustaining organizations, studies social problems and current responses, and provides practical advice and assistance to government officials in New York and around the world."
    (About Vera: Mission and Origins, n.d., para. 1)

Youth Justice



  • Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies
    "The CISS provides the forum for, and is the vehicle to stimulate the research, study, analysis and discussion of the strategic implications of major national and international security issues, events and trends as they affect Canada."
    (Homepage, n.d., para. 1)
  • Canadian Security and Intelligence Community
    A Government of Canada publication describing The Canadian Security and Intelligence Community.
    (Privy Council of Canada: Publications, 2006)
  • Centre for Defence and International Security Studies
    "The Centre for Defence & International Security Studies is a wholly independent organization engaging in research, analysis, commentary and discussion on issues of significance within the broad context of international security."
    (About CDISS: Mission, 2006, para. 1)
  • The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre
    "The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is an internationally recognized peace operations training institution supporting Canada's contribution to world peace and security."
    (Welcome, n.d., para. 1)
  • Women in International Security - Canada and Abroad
    "WIIS is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to increasing the influence of women in foreign and defense affairs by raising their numbers and visibility, while enhancing dialogue on international security issues."
    (About WIIS, n.d., para. 1)


  • National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
    "...a community of people dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect, serving and strengthening children and families."
    (About Us: Our mission and philosophy, 2006, para. 2)

White-Collar and High-Tech Crime

  • Antitrust Division
    The mission of the Antitrust Division has been to promote and protect the competitive process-and the American economy-through the enforcement of the antitrust laws.
  • FBI - White-Collar Crime
    "Here you can learn about the many white-collar crimes the FBI investigates, how to protect yourself from common scams, and what to do if you think you've been victimized."
    (White-Collar Crime, n.d., para. 1)
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
    "The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a network, a means of bringing people and information together to fight the complex problem of money laundering."
    (About FinCen: Overview, n.d., para. 1)
  • International High-Tech Crime Investigation Association
    "The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership."
    (Home, n.d., para. 1)
  • Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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