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NCJ Number: 156865 Find in a Library
Title: Campus-Based Police/Probation Teams: Making Schools Safer
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:144,146,148
Author(s): M L West; J M Fries
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In Fresno, Calif., for the past 2 years uniformed police officers have teamed up with juvenile probation officers to help reduce violence, drug abuse, and gang- related crime on high school and middle school campuses.
Abstract: This development is the latest in a serious of efforts, beginning in 1968, to improve police strategies for dealing with juveniles who commit crimes on school campuses. The campus-based police/probation teams respond to reported crimes and conduct informal hearings for students cited for committing misdemeanors. Offenders usually are required to perform community service work around the school campus. The school district provides office space and supplies, assistance from school counselors, and secretarial support. Police/probation teams have access to information from student files when needed. Since the program began, campus safety has improved noticeably. The concept involved no added cost to the participating agencies. Although similar programs may not be feasible in some communities, police administrators should develop systems that promote communication between patrol officers and school officials to control the problem of increasing school crime and violence. Photographs
Main Term(s): Police school relations
Index Term(s): California; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile probation services
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