Research Themes



As a state of the art criminal justice research lab, we are dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting edge methodologies and techniques for the study of criminal and social justice issues.

We are committed to the expansion of criminal justice research innovation and research into the root causes of crime, crime prevention, crime hot spots and reduction programming, repeat victimization analysis, prolific offenders, and justice operations, including the economics/costs of crime and the evaluation of public safety initiatives.

Other research undertaken by the CPSCJR - Sun Centre of Excellence includes interoperability between justice and urban databases, agent-based modeling, process simulations for experimentation, computational intensive approaches, and new visualization techniques.

The Sun technologies utilized at the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research - Sun Centre of Excellence provide researchers with secure, identity-based access to applications and information across multiple networks through a trusted networking platform. This provides a high level of security ensuring that privacy policies are met while researchers collaborate with other criminal justice partners and conduct their work.

Ongoing projects by the CPSCJR include:

  • Complaints against the Police
  • Compliance with Fire Codes among Businesses
  • Crime Free Multi Housing
  • Crime Prevention and Reduction Initiatives among BC Police
  • Clearance Rate Calculations
  • Domestic Violence Recidivism
  • Marijuana Grow Operations

In addition, the CPSCJR has recently completed projects related to:

  • Complaints against the Police in BC
  • Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team
  • Police Ride Alongs
  • Vancouver Olympic Security

Visit our Reports and Publications page to access final reports on these projects, or contact irwin.cohen@ufv.ca for more information.

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