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NCJ Number: NCJ 154275     Find in a Library
Title: Community Policing and D.A.R.E.: A Practitioner's Perspective
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Author(s): D L Carter
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
  Series: BJA Bulletins
  Annotation: Two community-based initiatives are evaluated, community policing and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
Abstract: Community policing presents a challenge to law enforcement because it requires a fundamental shift in the longstanding philosophy of law and order. The concept of community policing is one of full-service law enforcement that addresses specific citizen concerns and provides high-quality police services. Community policing has evolved from research that identifies deficiencies of more traditional police patrols in preventing crime. By reallocating patrol officer resources, community policing can make better use of personnel. In addition, when police establish a dialogue with citizens, the public develops a more accurate measure by which to gauge a police officer's competence and thus judge satisfaction with police services. Community policing is not the answer in all communities but can offer a comprehensive approach to police service delivery that relies on a tested body of research. DARE is a comprehensive educational program designed to prevent substance abuse and violence by educating children about threats and consequences associated with such activities. The DARE curriculum focuses on building self-esteem, taking responsibility for one's behavior, resisting peer pressure, and making responsible choices and is based on socialization and behavioral concepts. Integrating community policing with DARE can better serve all citizens, particularly since both initiatives are intended to establish effective communication links with the community. Community policing and DARE are viewed as evolving initiatives that can respond to changing social problems and demands. Programs that have specifically emerged from DARE officers are noted. 14 references and 13 footnotes
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): Police community relations ; Drug prevention programs ; Drug abuse education ; Community policing ; Project DARE ; Violence prevention
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Contract Number: 94-DD-CX-K008
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: BJA Bulletin, Community Policing Series
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