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April 16, 2018

Student and faculty research showcased at JIBC Applied Research Day

Research at 8th annual event focused on justice and public safety issues

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Dr. Greg Anderson, JIBC’s Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies, speaks on the value of undergraduate research at the recent eighth-annual Applied Research Day. 


More than 45 research projects by Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) undergraduate students, faculty and staff were highlighted at the eighth annual Applied Research Day at JIBC’s New Westminster campus recently.

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. For the first time, participants included students enrolled in the JIBC BLES program which runs in partnership with Camosun College out of their Victoria campus.

“Over eight years our research day has morphed, and now showcases the great work of our students as demonstrated in oral presentations and poster communications,” said Dr. Greg Anderson, JIBC’s Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies. “The value of introducing an undergraduate research skills framework across all programs at JIBC is evident in the quality of the student-led research and the growing culture of research, scholarship, and general curiosity exhibited across the institution.”

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Kris Marquardt, a Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies student, presents his research into the challenges facing police as they attempt to reduce the street supply of fentanyl contributing to the current epidemic of drug overdose deaths.


Research projects this year included one by BLES student Kris Marquardt from Victoria who explored the current epidemic of opioid drug overdoses and the challenges faced by police as they endeavour to reduce the amount of fentanyl being sold on the streets.

“It takes about two weeks to get information from one department to another … RCMP stated it can take 10 to 30 days for a full batch of fentanyl to come through our borders, to get buffed and then sold on the streets,” Marquardt said, noting 80 per cent of Saanich Police investigations involving fentanyl involve other jurisdictions or agencies.

Based on his research findings, he made recommendations to help police in their efforts, including setting up a provincewide drug investigation agency to prevent overlapping investigations among the dedicated units of individual police departments or agencies.

Marquardt stressed the need for more research on the issue. “We have literally nothing on any law enforcement-related fentanyl [studies] and why? It’s because it’s such a new epidemic, we’re just starting, and we’re just getting our foot in the door.”

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Keynote speaker Steve Palmer, executive director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice & Safety and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research & Treatment at the University of Regina, presents on the use of research in developing public safety professionals.


Other student research presented included projects on a wide range of topics including: sleep deprivation in law enforcement; major earthquakes and the renovation and expansion of the Royal BC Museum; issues faced by women in policing; the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on police officers and the available treatment programs; the effects of domestic violence against children; and the connections between criminal and deviant behaviours and negative themes in rap music lyrics.

JIBC faculty and staff also presented some of their own research work during the event. Such projects included a look at how JIBC paramedic graduates use their credentials in their career and educational paths; the effectiveness of recent changes to how municipal police officers in BC are trained; how a culture of appreciation can be cultivated in an organization; and how to expand options for students to declare their gender identity at a post-secondary institution.   

This year’s keynote speaker was Steve Palmer, executive director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice & Safety and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research & Treatment at the University of Regina. He spoke on the use of research in developing public safety professionals.

“Things are changing and the volatility and the rate of change is continuing to push us forward. That is really fundamental in why we need to undertake research because nothing is the same … We need to keep ourselves moving forward.”


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.

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Last updated August 20, 2018