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The Watch

Impressions from a Career in Canadian Policing

An interview with Bob Chrismas on his books

This heartfelt memoir of a long career in Canadian policing captures the ups and downs, the challenges and rewards, and the transformative impact that the profession has on people who devote their lives to it. It explores the profound and intimate relationship that police officers share with humanity in their struggle for community safety, and protecting the dignity and humanity of the people they serve.



Written in a lucid and engaging storytelling style by a veteran of Canadian policing, Staff Sergeant Robert “Bob” Chrismas’ The Watch elucidates some of the good and bad of police officers responding to crimes and emergencies in service to fellow citizens as they protect a community’s public safety. Staff Sergeant Chrismas has worked tirelessly to improve community wellbeing in his police work, as well as in his off-hours as a volunteer. This excellent book deserves broad readership from law enforcement, the judiciary, the media, community activists, peace builders, academics, policymakers, politicians, students, and anyone interested in community policing.

            Dr. Sean Byrne, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba


Robert Chrismas:

In the fall of 2023 Bob Chrismas retired as a Staff Sergeant after 34 years with the Winnipeg Police Service, to become the inaugural Lead of Winnipeg's newly established Community Safety Team. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the U. of Winnipeg and U. of Manitoba in 2009 (with distinction) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Peace and Conflict Studies at the U. of Manitoba in 2017. Bob was awarded the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award for his doctoral research on interrupting modern-day slavery in Canada’s criminal sex industry. Bob publications include numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal and magazine articles and several books on justice related topics. Learn more about Bob and his publications and speaking events at his webpage at

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