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NCJ Number: NCJ 213594     Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Runaways
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Kelly Dedel
Date Published: 02/2006
Page Count: 86
  Annotation: This guide describes the problem of juvenile runaways, discusses how to analyze the local juvenile runaway problem, and presents recommendations for law enforcement responses.
Abstract: Designed for police officers of any rank and assignment, the Problem-Specific Guides summarize knowledge about how police can analyze and reduce particular crime problems in local communities. Following a description of the problem of juvenile runaways and the factors contributing to this problem, this guide identifies a series of questions that will help law enforcement officers analyze the extent of the local juvenile runaway problem. Questions help officers gauge the extent of the local problem, the reasons juveniles runaway, the degree of involvement runaways have in criminal behavior as well as victimization, and the responses to juvenile runaways currently implemented in the local community. Considerations for an effective juvenile runaway response strategy are offered and include agency-level responses, such as collaborating with social service agencies to ensure juveniles at risk are provided with appropriate services, as well as specific responses that can be launched before juveniles runaway, when they runaway, while they are absent, and when they return. These specific responses include the use of respite care to give family members a break, diverting appropriate cases to community-based organizations, and implementing specialized patrols in areas where juveniles congregate. Responses with limited effectiveness are also outlined so that law enforcement officers can avoid them; these include handling cases over the telephone and confining juveniles in secure detention facilities. Exhibits, appendix, endnotes, references, recommended readings
Main Term(s): Runaways ; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims
Index Term(s): Children at risk ; Community policing ; Problem-Oriented Policing ; Adolescents at risk
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-CK-WX-0087
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: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Problem-Oreiented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 37.
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