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NCJ Number: 195365 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement and the Elderly: A Concern for the 21st Century
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:71  Issue:5  Dated:May 2002  Pages:20-23
Author(s): Lamar Jordan M.Ed.
Date Published: May 2002
Page Count: 4
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Document: HTML
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the relationship between law enforcement and the growing elderly population and the challenges facing law enforcement to deal more effectively with older people as both victims of crime and as offenders.
Abstract: Today, a large percentage of the U.S. population is aging. The criminal justice system, specifically the law enforcement community, sees the aging population as a special challenge going into the 21st Century. This article reviews the status of the growing elderly population in the United States and how law enforcement must consider the elderly and those crimes that most often victimize senior citizens and those crimes most often committed by senior citizens. The elderly are susceptible to many crimes but particularly susceptible to fraud schemes that destroy their financial resources and personal security. On the other side of the fence, the greatest number of arrests for serious offenses committed by the elderly is for larceny-theft, with most being for shoplifting. Few police academies offer training to their officers in helping them understand the problems and attitudes of older people concerning crime and the criminal justice system. Training programs need to modify their existing programs to better prepare officers to more effectively deal with the elderly. In the 21st Century, law enforcement must learn to understand the attitudes, capabilities, and limitations of older people and how to communicate in an effective and sensitive way.
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Elderly offenders; Elderly victims; Older Adults (65+); Police community relations; Police training
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