The Hilbert College Institute for Law and Justice is the only institute of its kind in Western New York that serves as a general support vehicle for law and justice-related issues and projects, such as community policing initiatives, workshops on anti-terrorism efforts, and ways to improve areas of social services.
The institute works to increase collaboration and communication between Western New York agencies and ultimately act as a clearinghouse of quality information on topics related to law and justice. With the use of research and evaluation it will increase awareness and enhance an understanding of organizations with ties to law and justice, from police departments to drug treatment programs.
The institute has four primary goals:
- Help criminal justice and associated community support agencies produce positive community change.
- Improve governmental, private and public inter-agency communications, promoting collaboration throughout the region.
- Bring innovative and promising ideas to the local criminal justice community.
- Establish at Hilbert a research-based institution that provides opportunities for faculty and students from all disciplines to grow intellectually.