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NCJ Number: 134667 Find in a Library
Title: Preventative Policing in Queensland Schools (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 149-154, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): D Jeffries; T Rand; S Leivesley
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 6
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
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Because juvenile crime in Queensland, Australia, schools is a major concern for police and the educational system, the Queensland Police Department has adopted a policy of juvenile diversion based on a cautioning system.
Abstract: The policy emphasizes the police role in preventive work, and the success of the approach has been demonstrated by a recidivism rate of 7.6 percent for young offenders whose records were searched over a 10-year period. Low reoffending by juveniles has been attributed to the cautioning system and to the approach by trained Juvenile Aid Bureau (JAB) officers who establish a direct relationship with young offenders and their families to prevent reoffending. The JAB has the capacity to visit the child's home to assess the home environment, parental interest, and the child's behavior. This assessment allows other professionals and the police to work closely in assisting individual children and their families. The focus of JAB work is on the child's needs rather than on the enforcement; where necessary, there is long-term followup of children. The Police-School Liaison Unit was formed as part of JAB in 1985. This unit has initiated several programs, including Adopt a Cop, the Protective Behaviors Program, the Safety House Program, and training programs for police and educators. Future preventive policing efforts should focus on proactive policing, the establishment of committees for children at risk in schools, and incident analysis through computer mapping.
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile Recidivism
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