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  NCJ Number: NCJ 208971     Find in a Library
  Title: Bomb Threats in Schools
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Graeme R. Newman
  Date Published: 02/2005
  Page Count: 75
  Annotation: Viewed from the perspective of problem-oriented policing, this guide examines factors that increase the risk of bomb threats in schools and recommends responses based on evaluative research and proven police practice.
  Abstract: The scope of the guide is limited to bomb threats in public or private schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. This guide discusses the motives for bomb threats (an event in which a bomb threat is communicated whether or not there is an actual bomb or bomb look-alike), as well as the delivery of the threats, their specificity, and how seriously they should be taken. In discussing factors that are linked to bomb threats in schools, the guide refers to offender characteristics, his/her family background, the school climate, and opportunity. This is followed by guidance in how to assess preparation for dealing with bomb threats. A checklist of questions is designed to help determine the school's preparation for immediate and preventive responses to bomb threats. The section on responses to the problem of school-related bomb threats first addresses general considerations for an effective response strategy, such as preventive responses designed to reduce the likelihood of bomb threats and immediate responses to a bomb threat should it occur. Specific responses to school bomb threats focus on strategies for prevention and harm reduction as well as immediate responses to a bomb threat. Zero tolerance accompanied by a long-term suspension is rejected as an ineffective and possibly contributory response. 43 references, 17 annotated recommended readings, and appended summary of responses to school bomb threats and warning signs of potential school violence
  Main Term(s): Police school relations
  Index Term(s): Bombs ; Bomb threats ; School security ; Crime in schools ; Community policing ; Problem-Oriented Policing
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2002CKWX0003
  Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-46-0
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
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145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series Guide No. 32.
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