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NCJ Number: 134666 Find in a Library
Title: School Based Community Police Officer (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 139-147, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): R Harvey
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The idea of having a police officer in one school grew out of an ad hoc situation that started in Darwin, Australia, in a high school with a gymnasium that was to be used in the evenings by outside groups.
Abstract: The police officer attached to the school is a member of the police force, but works under the direction of the school principal. The first step any school must take in considering the use of a police officer is to make sure all parties involved want one. Staff and students have to know what having a police officer means, and community representatives have to request the officer. Duties of a school-based police officer are to provide a visible presence, reduce risks to students, attend school council meetings, organize approved after-school activities, lecture on selected topics, advise on security, supervise school crossings, monitor the activities of undesirable in the school area, and counsel students as required. The police officer can also liaison with shopkeepers and other local individuals and thus develop local interest in students, especially wayward youth. In addition, the police officer can interface with truancy and home liaison officers to better control offending children.
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Australia; Community policing; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime prevention; Policing innovation
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