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NCJ Number: 136285 Find in a Library
Title: Policing Rural Alaska: The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(1991)  Pages:1-26
Author(s): O Marenin; G Copus
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 26
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program which is a unique effort to provide public safety services in the multi-cultural, politically, and legally pluralistic settings of rural Alaska.
Abstract: Focusing on the background, structure, and operation of the VPSO program, the discussion includes descriptions and evaluations which provide insights into the feasibility and practicalities of nonconventional forms of policing in conditions characterized by conflicting demands for police services and their modes of delivery. A 1981 evaluation reported that the VPSO program had met many of its technical objectives, yet it had been less effective in realizing other goals. The 1982 evaluation cited increased weaknesses in the program and found significant room for improvement although it concluded that even a marginally effective and conceptually overly ambitious program is better than no program at all in the rural areas. 5 notes and 62 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures; Rural policing
Index Term(s): Alaska; Political influences; Public safety coordination
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