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Title: CITIZEN OBSERVER PROGRAM - A TWO-WAY EXERCISE IN POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:46  Issue:5  Dated:(MAY 1977)  Pages:25-28
Author(s): D W CHASE
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DEVELOPMENT, COSTS, BENEFITS, AND OPERATIONS OF THE MISSOULA (MT) POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICE RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THE CITIZEN OBSERVER PROGRAM WAS INITIATED IN ORDER TO REACH A LARGE NUMBER OF CITIZENS, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE DAY-TO-DAY PROBLEMS OF THE POLICE, AND CREATE BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN POLICE AND CITIZENS. CITIZENS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM MUST SIGN A WAIVER OF LIABILITY FORM. PARTICIPANTS ARE GIVEN A BRIEFING ON THE RULES OF THE PROGRAM AND A TOUR OF THE STATION BEFORE BEGINNING THEIR RIDE-ALONG EXPERIENCE. RESPONSE TO THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING, WITH CITIZENS OF ALL AGES AND ALL WALKS OF LIFE SHOWING GREAT INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT THE PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY RELATIONS BENEFITS WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF EXTRA COST TO THE DEPARTMENT....DMC
Index Term(s): Citizen Police Observer Program; Community involvement; Community support; Police community relations; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public education
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