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NCJ Number: 186915 Find in a Library
Title: DCJS Evaluation of Grant Funded School Resource Officer Programs
Corporate Author: Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
United States of America
Date Published: March 2000
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
Richmond, VA 23219
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United States of America

Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
805 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/ 
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents findings from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services' (DCJS) ongoing evaluation of local School Resource Officer (SRO) programs.
Abstract: The primary evaluation goals were to obtain information on the extent and nature of school-based crime, the implementation and operation of local SRO programs, and the activities SROs undertake to fulfill their designated roles. It was also designed to obtain benchmark data for use in future evaluations. All of the SRO programs evaluated received grants of Federal monies from DCJS or the Office of the Governor. The research focused on SRO activity between January and July 1999, a period in which 55 DCJS-monitored grants supported 58 SROs in 41 localities. Evaluation data were obtained from 3,244 Student Incident Reports (SIRs), a survey of 2,067 school staff, a survey of 11,864 middle-school and high-school students, and 104 SRO Quarterly Activities Reports. Findings from the SIR data show that 48 percent of all SIR-reported incidents were crimes against persons; 18 percent were property crimes; 10 percent were drug related; and 2 percent were gang related. The incidents occurred primarily outside the school building (31 percent), in classrooms (24 percent), and in school corridors (19 percent). Findings from the student and school staff survey data show that both students and school staff felt safe while at school; 78 percent of the students and 85 percent of the staff reported feeling either "somewhat" or "very" safe at school. The SRO Quarterly Activity Reports provided substantial evidence that SROs are pursuing the goals and objectives associated with their designated roles. They are participating in school security assessments, applying environmental design principles to reduce the probability of crime, developing school crime prevention policies, instructing legal education classes, intervening in conflicts before they involve law violations, increasing the level of student supervision, counseling troubled students, developing crime information networks, and involving students and staff in crime prevention activities. Extensive charts and tables of evaluation findings
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): School influences on crime; School security; School security officer training; School security officers; Virginia
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