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NCJ Number: 156780 Find in a Library
Title: Volunteers Help Shoulder the Load
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:64  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:21-25
Author(s): R J Liddell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development and implementation of three volunteer programs by the Lakewood, Colorado, Police Department.
Abstract: Faced with rising crime rates, gang violence, inadequate resources, and State tax limitation legislation, the police department chose to use volunteers in the Victim Assistance, Gang Graffiti Enforcement and Eradication, and Civilian Surveillance programs. Expanding the use of citizen volunteers presented three significant challenges pertaining to selection, training, and supervision. The sensitive nature of the programs meant the department had to identify and recruit interested and suitable citizen volunteers, provide adequate training, and establish a system of supervision and accountability within each program to ensure that volunteers perform effectively and within agency guidelines. The volunteers have provided officers with greater flexibility to meet enforcement duties and responsibilities. The Lakewood Police Department is now interested in expanding its volunteer programs, particularly in the area of victim assistance. 1 note
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Colorado; Police department volunteers; Police volunteer training; Victims of Crime; Volunteer programs
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