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Title: Peer Connection: Utilizing College Students for Order Maintenance in University Communities by the Year 1996
Author(s): B Topham
Corporate Author: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 116
Sponsoring Agency: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This project examined the need and potential for using college students to assist law enforcement by performing certain functions normally handled by sworn police officers.
Abstract: The study focus was on developing the peer connection to reduce the police workload in college communities. The study consisted of a futures study, a strategic management plan, and a transition management plan. Three significant subissues were identified: type of likely internal resistance in police departments to the use of college students; level of community acceptance; and significant legal impacts. The futures study incorporated information from a literature review, a survey questionnaire, and personal interviews. A stakeholder group identified key trends and events that suggested deteriorating police/student relationships and a likelihood of increased conflicts in the future. The strategic management plan developed a blueprint for working to evolve a collaborative approach to using students in police work. This plan enables students, neighborhood groups, and university officials to be involved. The transition management plan articulates necessary measures to avert fear of and resistance to the use of students in police work. Overall, the research demonstrates that law enforcement can and will use students for crime prevention and order maintenance activities. Specific issues that merit further study are noted such as local police agency contracting, the use of local ordinances to reduce police workloads, and collaborative law enforcement. Appendixes contain a bibliography and additional information on the research project. References, endnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Police community relations; University/Criminal Justice Agency Collaboration
Index Term(s): Police services coordination; Public safety coordination; Students
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