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June 7, 2018

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Criminology

I am in the Masters of Criminology program on the Brantford campus. I completed my undergraduate degree here as well, I am in my second year of my graduate work. My supervisors are Dr. Carrie Sanders and Dr. James Popham. I will be finishing at Laurier Brantford by the end of the summer, and in September I will be attending Pennsylvania State University in the doctoral criminology program.

My thesis is entitled "Securitizing Schooling: Post-Secondary Campus as Security Projects." My thesis examines how security policies at a Canadian university are created, implemented and experienced. I did this by interviewing administrators, campus police officers, students and faculty at the studied university. I was drawn to the project because of my interests in how security policies are designed and interacted with, and how they affect our behaviour in our daily lives. These policies are something that we all interact with frequently, but rarely give much thought to unless they become what we perceive to be visibly invasive. In my doctoral work, I would like to research into how other institutions, such as large public venues, make decisions about which security policies to implement, and how patrons decide what security measures they will tolerate.

The most surprising moment of my research thus far was finding out how closely the municipal police worked with the campus police at the university I studied, and how many powers the campus police had. While it can differ in varying jurisdictions, at the university I studied, the campus police are mandated by the municipal police have all the same powers of arrest on university property as a police officer, they just do not have a gun.

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