Research and Projects

Administration of Justice

Law Enforcement Surveys

Administration of justice majors who enroll in a special projects course are commissioned as independent research teams by police departments across Rhode Island and Massachusetts that are seeking to gain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

Working with program faculty, students compose and distribute surveys to residents and business owners to assess citizen attitudes and opinions concerning their police department’s performance with respect to crime issues, services, activities, quality of life issues and personal safety concerns. Results are used to analyze the way the department delivers services and, perhaps, change the allocation of resources where needed.

Students also conduct face-to-face interviews with a cross-section of community members, focusing their questions on the professionalism, helpfulness, knowledge and courteousness of law enforcement personnel.

After compiling and analyzing the data, students write reports on the community’s perceptions of law enforcement and present their findings to the police departments, respective local government officials and/or city councils, and the public. A final report is made available to the public, and follow-up press releases highlighting the study’s findings are circulated.

CAE Research Grant

Jennifer McArdle, assistant professor and a fellow in defense studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, is serving as principal investigator – with assistance from Salve students – on a cybersecurity defense research project for CAE, a global leader in training.

CAE awarded Salve a $180,000 research grant to assess the cyber risks to the military’s synthetic training environment, identify cyber effects to inject into the military’s training environment for more realistic training, and evaluate training needs for future scenarios where service members can train alongside real or synthetic cyber warriors. “The grant gives students an opportunity to develop their cybersecurity and policy research skills, while also providing them the unique opportunity to closely interface and network with members of the defense industrial base, defense policy community, and military,” McArdle said.

The need for this research is paramount as global defense strategies are evolving and potential adversaries are increasingly viewing cyber, electronic, and information operations as a way to asymmetrically challenge established technology-centric capabilities. “Operators need to know how to effectively respond to threats in a networked environment. Synthetic training provides the only high-fidelity environment where the end user can get this experience prior to combat,” McArdle said.