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NCJ Number: 167907 Find in a Library
Title: Bank Robbery: A Target for Community Policing
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:65  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): P W Lissenden
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
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Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In Suffolk County, N.Y., police investigators developed and implemented an innovative community policing program that provides the employees of financial institutions with formal crime awareness training.
Abstract: In January 1990 detectives finalized the formal plan for the 1-day training seminar. The course consists of seven 1-hour blocks of instruction. In the first hour, the instructor encourages employees to obey current bank policy and follow Suffolk County Police Department recommendations regarding safe and proper opening and closing procedures. In this hour the instructor also reinforces the goal of bank robbery prevention, explains the concept of target hardening, tests employees' powers of observation, and explains methods to increase these skills. The second hour of instruction focuses on employee adherence to current bank policy and police recommendations regarding conduct during a robbery, with emphasis on employee and customer safety. In the third hour the instructor explains techniques for reducing injury due to violence or emotional trauma. Instruction in the fourth hour teaches participants about the police response policies, followed by an hour of instruction on the need for certain procedures performed by detectives at the crime scene. The sixth hour addresses each phase of the judicial process in which a victim or witness may become involved. A police stress counselor presents the final hour of instruction. It focuses on the causes, effects, and treatment of Critical Incident Stress Syndrome. Despite a steady increase in bank robberies nationwide, the number of bank robberies in the Long Island metropolitan area has leveled off since the inception of the training program.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Bank robbery; Community crime prevention programs; Crime specific countermeasures; New York; Police crime-prevention
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