Harpreet Jhinjar is an expert in crime prevention and community engagement. He has 14 years of diverse experience within Canadian law enforcement agencies and as a researcher. Harpreet has successfully designed, developed, and implemented evidence-informed programs to address family violence, prevent and intervene in gang violence, and Countering Violent Extremism. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his problem-solving projects, including the Motorola Webber Seavey Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Since 2020, Harpreet has worked as the Gang Prevention Coordinator with the Abbotsford Police Department. Between 2019 and 2022, Harpreet served as a member of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group of Public Safety Canada. In 2019 and 2020, Harpreet worked as the lead researcher on a research project funded by TSAS (Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society) at the University of Alberta.
From 2009 to 2019, he served as a police officer with the Edmonton Police Service and worked in various areas including patrol, the Equity Diversity and Human Rights Section, the Offender Management Unit, and the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) project for which he led the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and CVE training.
Harpreet holds a BA (Honours) in Criminology and an MSc in Criminology and Forensic Psychology from Middlesex University in London, UK.
Harpreet is also a founder of Social Innovation Research and Applications (SIRA). Through SIRA, Harpreet uses research to create practical applications that bring about meaningful and sustainable solutions to social issues that threaten public safety.