Collaborative Research

The Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice’s Criminal Justice Research Center 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:  

MCPP RA's 10.10.17

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.
  • Yesler Terrace Public Safety Pamphlet
    (click on title for pdf)
    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.  

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 (


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Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

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