MA Research Paper


Master of Arts




Dr. Laura Huey


For several years now, countering violent extremism (CVE) strategies have existed as a core component of police agency mandates and governmental policy directed toward reducing radicalism. However, little is known about what specific skills and attributes are necessary for police officers to successfully perform these duties. In this paper, we draw upon in-depth interviews with 6 individuals that have performed CVE-related duties within Ontario to discover which core competencies they perceive to be crucial to effectively work in such an environment. Additionally, an environmental scan is utilized to survey the contemporary CVE landscape in Ontario. The respondents described how CVE work necessitates more than just basic competencies required for frontline officers. The results of this study underscore the need to ensure positive public relations between the police and communities, as well as providing a foundation for developing comprehensive CVE competency lists in the future.

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