Criminal Justice MS Student Research, Publications and Work

Former Dealer Focus Group. Vazquez, P.O. & Klofas, J. (2014). Rochester, NY: Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

This working paper explores Rochester Drug Free Streets Initiative’s focus group with a pair of former drug dealers. It is part of a series of research projects Pedro Vasquez executed in his thesis research on open air marijuana markets and community responses. Read the full report.


A Preliminary Descriptive Analysis of the Rochester Shooting Victims Database. Altheimer, I. DiPoala, A., Klofas, J. & Bower, K. (2013). Rochester, NY: Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

This paper is one over several examples of the work that Audrey DiPoala and Karyn Bower executed with RIT faculty, Rochester Police Department, and the Monroe County Crime Analysis Center in developing a comprehensive shooting database. The research and development project was supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and external funding sources. These students have presented their research on this project at regional and national criminal justice projects and currently have positions as crime analysts with the Monroe County Crime Analysis Center. Read the full report.


The Police Recruitment Process: Rochester, NY. Comeau, M. & Klofas, J. (2010). Rochester, NY: Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

Michelle Comeau, currently a Ph.D. student at Northeastern University, worked closely with the Rochester Police Department and Criminal Justice faculty to analyze the municipal police recruitment process in Rochester, NY. This paper examined candidate attrition at a variety points in the recruitment process, and differences in attrition between Majority and Minority candidates. Michelle’s thesis was a more extensive exploration of this same topic. Read the full report.


Retail Policing: Analysis of Dispatches to Walmart, the most Frequent Location of Calls for Police Services in Rochester. Juchniewicz, M., Drake, G., & Klofas, J. (2011). Rochester, NY: Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

This paper explores calls for service from a single Walmart location during 2010. This research generated interest among local law enforcement leaders regarding retail locations and their demands on police services. At least one police department supported a replication of the research conducted by graduate students and faculty in criminal justice. Greg Drake is currently a PhD. Candidate at Michigan State University. Read the full report.