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NCJ Number: NCJ 211239     Find in a Library
Title: Shifting and Sharing Responsibility for Public Safety Problems
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Michael S. Scott ; Herman Goldstien
Date Published: 08/2005
Page Count: 58
  Annotation: This guide describes ways in which police can persuade or coerce others to address crime and disorder problems, so as to reduce overwhelming demands upon police agencies and improve public safety through collaborations with individual citizens and community groups.
Abstract: This guide focuses on public safety problems that fall within the policing mandate, rather than tasks laid upon the police that are beyond the proper scope of police power and authority. Police agencies can be most persuasive in eliciting the cooperation of others in addressing a public safety problem when they explain how compliance with the request will address the problem, the basis for police knowledge about the effectiveness of the proposed response, measures police have already taken to resolve the problem, the limitations of those measures, and the benefits to the community if new practices are voluntarily adopted. Specific methods police can use to shift and share responsibility for public safety problems are discussed under the following topics: educating victims and offenders, making a straightforward informal request, making a targeted confrontational request, engaging another existing service agency, pressing for the creation of a new organization, shaming delinquent parties, withdrawing police services, charging fees for police services, pressing for legislation, and bringing a civil action. Other issues addressed are making the case for shifting responsibility, measuring the effectiveness of new responses, and determining the appropriate degree of pressure to shift responsibility. 40 references
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation ; Community involvement ; Police community relations programs ; Problem-Oriented Policing
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003CKWX0087
Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-55-X
Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police; Response guide Series No. 3
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