The Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice conducts primary research, including data collection and analysis, program evaluation, and collaborative research with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.
CURRENT FEATURED RESEARCH -- Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (Partnership with Seattle Police Department). Dr. Parkin and Dr. Helfgott continue to head up the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans Initiative which is in its third year. After graduation of the entire research team – prior MCPP RAs (Brooke Bray, Jennifer Burbridge, Jessica Chandler, Shannon Ro, Joseph Singer, Chase Yap, Grace Goodwin, Karmen Schuur, Matt Thomas, and Zhanna Kachurina), a brand new group of MCPP Research Analysts are now on board and the two-year implementation evaluation was completed January 31, 2017 and will soon be published by the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Office. The Seattle Police Department is continuing to fund the ongoing collaboration. The new MCPP RAs are MACJ students Mon-Cherie Barnes, Susan Nembhard, Puao Savusa, Michael Sowby, Matthew Todd. For more information on the SPD MCPP-SUCJ collaboration go to: https://www.seattle.gov/police/community-policing/partnership-with-seattle-university
SPD MCPP RAs -- (from left) Matthew Todd, Susan Nembhard, Mon-Cherie Barnes, Puao Savusa, Michael Sowby
FINAL REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS --Selected Examples of Collaborative Research with Criminal Justice Agency Partners
(Collaboration with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) (click on title for pdf)
This report presents results from a research effort focused on training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) evaluating the impact of curriculum changes implemented as part of the warrior to guardian cultural shift including Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effect of changes in the curriculum and environment at WSCJTC on officer attitudes and knowledge. This report presents findings from the longitudinal continuation of the pilot evaluation completed in 2015 with focus on the relationship between officer characteristics and training effects.
- Helfgott, J.B., Atherley, L., Pollock, J., Vinson, J., Strah, B., Neidhart, E., Conn-Johnson, C., Hickman, M., & Wood, N. (June 30, 2015). Evaluation of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s “Warriors to Guardians” Cultural Shift and Crisis Intervention (CIT) Training Final Report. Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Consultant Agreement. This report presents results from a research effort focused on training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) evaluating the impact of curriculum changes implemented as part of the warrior to guardian cultural shift including Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Blue Courage Training, and Tactical Social Interaction training. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effect of changes in the curriculum and environment at WSCJTC on officer attitudes and knowledge. This pilot project was intended to develop and administer an instrument to measure the impact of elements of the WSCJTC training curriculum, establish baseline measurements and construct validity for the survey instrument and method, and provide recommendations for longitudinal study of the impact of training.
- Rahr, S. & Rice, S.K. (2015). From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals (Collaboration with Sue Rahr, Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) (click on title to hyperlink to report)
A report published by the Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety and funded by the OJP National Institute of Justice (NIJ) on addressing the internal and external culture of police agencies to create a culture that supports a guardian mindset.
- Boruchowitz, R.C., Collins, P.A., Hickman, M.J., and Larranaga, M.A. 2015. An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty (Collaboration with the American Civil Liberties of Washington Foundation and the Seattle University School of Law) (click on title for pdf)
An in-depth study by Seattle University Criminal Justice and Law professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.combining all cost categories, the average cost of a death penalty case in Washington is $3.07 million, compared to $2.01 million (in 2010 dollars) for cases in which the prosecutor does not seek death. Adjusted to 2014 dollars, that difference is $1.15 million.
- Parkin, W.S., Helfgott, J.B., Collins, P.A., Jandro, E., and Messlelu, K. 2014. Yesler Terrace Public Safety Assessment (click on title for pdf)
- Yesler Terrace Public Safety Pamphlet
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A final report and pamphlet presenting findings of a public safety assessment of the Yesler Terrace housing development. The study was funded by the Seattle Housing Authority and involved a partnership between SHA and Seattle University to collect data on the impact of redevelopment of Yesler Terrace on public safety and the development of a Yesler Terrace Public Safety Plan.
- Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (In Press). A day in the life of a day reporting center. Corrections Compendium. (Collaboration with King County Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention/ Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP))
An evaluation of the KCJAD CCAP’s Day Reporting Center Program.
- Helfgott, J.B., Sumner, J., Gunnsion, E., Collins, P., and Rice, S. 2014. Process Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's IF Project
(Collaboration with the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections) (click on title for the pdf)
A process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s “IF” Project including a pre/post evaluation of “IF” Project workshops and analysis of “IF” Project letters written by program participants incarcerated at male, female, and juvenile correctional facilities.
Research is conducted under the direction of faculty in the Criminal Justice Department. Subscribe here to receive research reports.
If you are interested in exploring collaborative research opportunities with the department please contact Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott (firstname.lastname@example.org).