Justice and Security Institute
Being committed to socially responsible engagement in society, and extending compassion, mercy, and justice to all people, Roberts Wesleyan College seeks to be a local leader in fostering dialogue, research, evaluation, and training to enhance policy and practice in the areas of Homeland Security, Social Justice, and Restorative Justice.
The Institute focuses its leadership on the following:
- Education, research, and evaluation of the social issue of intended violence that manifests in workplace and educational institution mass shootings, domestic violence homicide, terrorism, and hate crimes
- Collaborative, multidisciplinary stakeholder dialogue about and evaluation of threat assessment and management strategies
- The creation of mechanisms for the effective reporting and sharing of concerning behaviors, culminating in the implementation of a county-wide threat assessment team for responding to active threats
- Collaborative research, evaluation and training in the broad area of Social and Restorative Justice issues, and more specifically in the policy and practice thereof.
Roberts Wesleyan College Professor Mark Concordia and University of Rochester Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Weisman offer a variety of training courses for stakeholders throughout Monroe County who are responsible for responding to or assessing situations that involve concerns, threats, or allegations of targeted violence.
The Roberts Wesleyan College Justice and Security Institute is dedicated to advancing the use of threat assessment and management team concepts in K-12, Higher Ed, the Workplace, and with local law enforcement agencies. Threat Assessment Teams are currently active in many states and operate to prevent acts of targeted violence by identifying holistic approaches that balance the needs of the community with the needs of the individual being assessed. Optimal threat assessment involves prevention through early identification of exceptional cases, multidisciplinary holistic intervention approaches, and case management strategies.
We offer the following to community-based organizations:
- Basic school threat assessment and management presentation
- Advanced school threat assessment and management team training
A few of our past consultations and trainings include:
- Consulting on and training for the creation of new Threat Response Protocol for the County of Monroe Sheriff’s Department and the Town of Greece Police Department
- Consultation on the creation of a Behavior Intervention Team with a threat management emphasis) for the Fairport Police and Fairport School District.
- National Presentation for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Winter Conference on the applicability of Threat Assessment Investigative tools for counterterrorism professionals.
- Consulted on the development of mental health awareness training for federal Law Enforcement Officers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Collaborated with mental health professionals to design and present a one-day seminar on Threat Assessment for area stakeholders. Representatives from law enforcement, domestic violence prevention and support groups, k-12 security, higher education security, veterans groups, and private and public security were in attendance.
In conjunction with the Homeland Security major, several research projects have been conducted. These include:
Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Mental Health Emergencies
The Justice and Security Institute, through the homeland security research collaborative, created strategic partnerships with the Town of Greece Police Department, Monroe County Office of Mental Health and Roberts Faculty to provide students with valuable and impactful real-world research opportunities. It is anticipated that upon completion, research findings and recommendations will be used to inform policy and practice relating to police interface with the citizens suffering from mental health emergencies.
Testing Implicit Bias Project
The homeland security research collaborative reviewed over 2000 arrest reports for the year 2016. The computer programs SPSS and Microsoft Excel were utilized in order to analyze the data. Variables were selected in order to meet the objectives of pattern recognition. The intended outcome was to analyze the arrest data for the presence of disproportionate arrest ratios based on race. Results will be used to inform policy, training, and police-community relations
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Director of Homeland Security & Applied Intelligence Program; Director of the Justice & Security Institute