Justice & Security
The Justice and Security cluster examines the many meanings of “justice” and “security” and how these concepts can be applied and implemented in local, regional, national, and international settings. We partner with government agencies and private organizations to engage in service, internships, and collaborative research. Our partners provide students the opportunity to gain real-world experience; and we provide our partners with faculty expertise and students who are eager to learn and make a difference.
Students experience what it means to work across disciplines and emerge from the cluster with an understanding of how and where these fields intersect and work together.
Students will be able to experience a wide variety of coursework and hands-on learning experiences relating to the administration of justice, criminal investigation, forensics, cybersecurity, homeland security, juvenile justice services, and more.
Real-World Cluster Project
Compassion Fatigue Among First Responders
To determine if New Hampshire first responders experience compassion fatigue (“burnout”) from continual response to opioid overdose cases.
Awareness of the Issue
New Hampshire has a high rate of opioid-related overdose deaths and firefighters are frequently first responders.
Collaborative Team Projects
Students interviewed area firefighters in a project co-sponsored by the Justice & Security and the Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development clusters.
Findings were presented at the PSU Showcase of Excellence and at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS).
While none of those surveyed experienced compassion fatigue, participants noted that their colleagues were susceptible to stress and trauma from overdose calls.