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NCJ Number: 49990 Find in a Library
Title: PREVENTION OF CRIME BY THE POLICE OF FRANCE
Journal: POLICE STUDIES  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1978)  Pages:10-16
Author(s): L DURIN
Corporate Author: John Jay Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: John Jay Press
New York, NY 10019
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A MANY-FACETED CRIME PREVENTION APPROACH IS DESCRIBED INCLUDING SPECIAL JUVENILE PREVENTION SQUADS, CITIZEN CRIME PREVENTION EFFORTS, INTENSIVE POLICE SURVEILLANCE OF HIGH-CRIME AREAS, AND SPECIAL DRUG UNITS.
Abstract: CRIME PREVENTION IN FRANCE INCORPORATES INTENSIVE POLICE SURVEILLANCE, A CORPS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTHS WHO MIGHT GET INTO TROUBLE, INTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS FOR BUSINESSES, CITIZEN CRIME WATCH PROGRAMS, AND A NATIONAL PROGRAM TO ELIMINATE THE POCKETS OF SOCIOECONOMIC DEPRIVATION WHICH BREED CRIME. THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM RECEIVES STRONG POLICE SUPPORT. THESE TRAINED MEN AND WOMEN WORK CLOSELY WITH SCHOOLS TO IDENTIFY ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AND TO SECURE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THEY ALSO ORGANIZE ATHLETIC CLUBS IN POOR NEIGHBORHOODS. WHENEVER A YOUTH STARTS TO GET INTO TROUBLE, HE OR SHE IS ASSIGNED TO A VOLUNTEER WHO ATTEMPTS TO HELP THE CHILD. THIS UNIT ALSO WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE NARCOTICS UNIT TO IDENTIFY YOUNG DRUG OFFENDERS AND SECURE TREATMENT FOR THEM. THE ADULT CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM USES BOTH PERSONAL POLICE CONTACT AND LETTERS TO ALERT CITIZENS TO CRIME DANGERS. THE OLD-FASHIONED 'BEAT PATROL SYSTEM' HAS BEEN REESTABLISHED AND POLICE OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO BEATS STUDY THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, SPOT POTENTIAL CRIME VICTIMS, ATTEMPT TO GET THE HOME OR BUSINESS TO INSTALL STRONGER LOCKS OR MAKE OTHER CRIME-PREVENTION MODIFICATIONS. SPECIAL LETTER CAMPAIGNS HAVE BEEN USED TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF CRIME-PREVENTION TECHNIQUES AMONG THE ELDERLY, SMALL SHOPKEEPERS, AND BANKS AND OTHER PLACES WHICH HANDLE LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY. MOST OF THESE CAMPAIGNS HAVE BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL. TO ATTACK THE ROOTS OF DELINQUENCY, A GROUP CALLED 'HABITAT ET VIE SOCIALE,' COMPRISED OF SEVEN MINISTERIAL DEPARTMENTS, IS TRYING TO IMPROVE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN POVERTY POCKETS. THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY HAS ASKED PRINT MEDIA AND RADIO AND TELEVISION TO DOWNPLAY CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, AND TELEVISION STATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DELAY THE SHOWING OF VIOLENT FILMS UNTIL AFTER 11:00 P.M. A PLEA FOR CONTINUED COOPERATION BETWEEN POLICE AND PUBLIC IS MADE. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Foot patrol; France; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Patrol; Physical crime prevention; Police community relations; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency
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