Affiliated Research Institutes and Centers
The Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) is a university outreach unit jointly supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and WSU Extension. It serves the applied social science research needs of governmental agencies in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region. DGSS also provides support for basic research and grant-related work for faculty and graduate students of the Department of Political Science and Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Intercommunal conflicts form barriers to peace and human security. The Institute for the Study of Intercommunal Conflict promotes research and outreach activities that provide an understanding of the causes, escalation pathways, and consequences of intercommunal conflicts, as well as their resolution.
The Foley Institute was established at WSU in 1995 to honor the service of Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Through a variety of programs, scholarships, and fellowships, the institute fosters cross-disciplinary research, education, and student participation in public policy and public service. The institute has a 3-fold mission:
- To enhance public affairs programming and education on campus (through events such as public policy forums, the coffee and politics series, public affairs lecture series, etc., that are free and open to the public).
- To catalyze public policy research and Congressional studies (through sponsorship of research conferences and interdisciplinary research groups and partnerships such as the WSU–ICU Partnership, ENSCOG, the Institute for the Study of Intercommunal Conflict, etc.).
- To foster student involvement in public policy and public service (through the institute's internship and fellowship programs in Congress, the state legislature, and various federal, state, and local agencies).
The mission of the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing (WSICOP) is to broker relevant community policing training programs to community members, police, and/or other government officials that will provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and to conduct research on the implementation and results of community oriented policing.
WSICOP is a joint effort of Washington State University, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. It serves as the vehicle for statewide implementation of community policing. WSICOP is centered at WSU Spokane, where it can electronically connect via interactive television equipped classrooms with any of the several Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System sites.
The Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS) provides regional training, develops training curriculum, and conducts on-site assessments by utilizing a training and leadership cadre (a team of local government officials, citizen representatives, and law enforcement professionals).
WRICOPS is a five-state partnership of Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming involving Criminal Justice Training Commissions/Peace Officer Standards and Training organizations, police and sheriffs associations, and universities. As a national partnership model, WRICOPS is one of 27 university–practitioner collaborations funded by Congress, known as Regional Community Policing Institutes, and receives frequent visits of delegations from other states to learn from its success.