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LHU criminal justice faculty and students engage in community-based research

Criminal Justice

Photo – Lock Haven University criminal justice faculty and students, in partnership with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission will conduct a community satisfaction survey of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department (TVRPD) from May 14-25. The LHU student researchers on the project are, from left, Garrett Fulkrod, Robert Asplund, Reece Zwald, and Hailie Walters.

Two faculty and four students from Lock Haven University’s Criminal Justice Department have partnered with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission to conduct a community satisfaction survey of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department (TVRPD).

Dr. Katie Ely and Dr. Ed Bowman are the faculty researchers for this project. Ely, of Jersey Shore, has served on the Police Commission since 2016. Through her time as an appointed member, she has offered to help conduct research if needed. The current study is a replication of one completed last summer by Dr. Justin Medina, of Lycoming College, where he focused on the service area of the Old Lycoming Township Police Department.

The four LHU student researchers are Robert Asplund, Garrett Fulkrod, Hailie Walters, and Reece Zwald. All four are criminal justice majors who were selected to help collect data for this study based on their academic achievements, ties to the local area, and interest in helping the local community.

In addition to Ely and Bowman, Dr. Mohamed Khalequzzaman from the Geology and Physics Department also is part of the project. His knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping was instrumental in selecting the random sample of households in the jurisdiction of the TVRPD (Jersey Shore Borough, Piatt Township, Porter Township, and Nippennose Township).

Between May 14-25, the student researchers will visit the randomly selected households to administer the survey about residents’ attitudes, experiences, and perceptions of the TVRPD. Postcards have been mailed to most of the selected residences earlier this month.

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The goal of the study is to help the police department better understand their service throughout their jurisdiction and make adjustments based on community feedback.

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