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April 11, 2019

JIBC Applied Research Day highlights student research projects

9th annual event presented research on justice and public safety topics

2019 Applied Research Day - Keynote speaker Bob DownieKeynote speaker Bob Downie, Chief Constable of the Saanich Police Department, spoke on the importance of research to policing.


The ninth annual Applied Research Day highlighted 31 research projects by undergraduate students, faculty and staff at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

Students are required to complete a capstone research project on a relevant issue or topic of interest as part of the applied nature of JIBC’s degree programs. The event featured research from JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) and Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies (BESMS) programs.

“Our Applied Research Day each April showcases the work of our students in written and oral form – and the students deliver,” said Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean of JIBC’s Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies. “Their presentations and posters demonstrated the knowledge, confidence and ability to present material in a meaningful way that they have developed over the course of their degrees. This year’s cohort of students did not disappoint.”

Keynote speaker Bob Downie, Chief Constable of the Saanich Police Department, was pragmatic in explaining the importance of research and evidence-based decision-making to policing.

“We have an obligation to make the most efficient and effective use of our resources, in this context we are better served with evidence to inform our decisions,” said Downie, who also serves as the co-chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Without evidence … we are simply relying on our experience and judgment and our values and our staff to engage in activities that we think have worked for us in the past. We don’t really know if they worked [without research].”

2019 Applied Research Day - Tara Stroup 2BESMS student Tara Stroup presented on her capstone project on addressing the needs of people with mobility issues as part of emergency preparedness. 

BESMS student Tara Stroup presented a capstone project on addressing disaster preparedness for people with mobility issues, looking at who the vulnerable individuals are, where they are located, and how to reach and assist them in an emergency.

“The self-sufficiency of each and every individual within our communities is ultimately going to lead to the resiliency of our community,” Stroup said of what drives her research.

BLES students presented capstone research on coping skills for Canadian police and the variability in preventive animal cruelty legislation in Canada. Students also presented on a wide range of research topics including the factors in eyewitness testimony that can lead to wrongful convictions, and the effect of fatigue on job performance in law enforcement.

2019 Applied Research Day - Greg Anderson
Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean of JIBC's Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies, spoke on the lessons learned by conducting research. 

The event was also an opportunity to showcase research projects by several JIBC faculty and staff. The subjects of their presentations included: the impact of offering students free open education resources; defining and describing paramedic practice in Canada; and the perceptions of the roles and functions of emergency managers. There were two studies analyzing feedback on new workers compensation legislation in BC which presumes that mental health injuries are a result of certain public safety jobs.  


About Justice Institute of British Columbia 

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.

Tags: Applied Research Day, Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies, Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies, Centre for Applied Research, student research

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Last updated June 6, 2019