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NCJ Number: 51670 Find in a Library
Title: PROVIDENCE (RI) - POLICE LEGAL ADVISOR - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Council for Community Services, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Council for Community Services, Inc
Providence, RI 02906
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A PROJECT FUNDED IN 1975 TO PROVIDE PROVIDENCE, R.I., POLICE WITH ACCESS TO LEGAL ASSISTANCE IS EVALUATED.
Abstract: THE MAJOR GOALS OF THE PROJECT WERE TO PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE IN POLICY DEVELOPMENT, INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION, POLICE PROCEDURE, CASE PREPARATION, AND RELATED AREAS; AND TO UPGRADE THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF POLICE OFFICERS AND SUPERVISORS THROUGH THE ISSUANCE OF BULLETINS AND MEMORANDUMS AND THROUGH CLASSROOM TRAINING AND LECTURES. THE PROJECT'S FULL-TIME ATTORNEY OCCUPIES AN OFFICE IN POLICE HEADQUARTERS ADJACENT TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE. ALTHOUGH AN OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE LEGAL ADVISOR'S IMPACT ON THE QUALITY OF CASE PREPARATION WAS NOT POSSIBLE, THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THE ADVISOR'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE AREAS OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND PROCEDURES HAS BEEN POSITIVE. DEPARTMENT STAFF AND STAFF IN RELATED AGENCIES EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY OF THE LEGAL ADVISOR AND ENDORSED THE CONCEPT OF FULL-TIME LEGAL COUNSEL FOR LARGE POLICE DEPARTMENTS. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE ADVISOR HAS PERFORMED ADEQUATELY THE TASKS SPECIFIED IN THE PROJECT'S GRANT PROPOSAL, AND HAS CONFORMED TO STANDARDS AND GOALS PROPOSED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS AND GOALS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE ADVISOR KEEP A DIARY OF HIS ACTIVITIES, THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDS BE PROVIDED TO COVER THE ACQUISITION OF A LAW LIBRARY AND SUBSCRIPTIONS TO PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS, AND THAT AN EFFORT BE MADE TO COORDINATE RECORDKEEPING IN THE COURTS AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS SO THAT PROJECTS SUCH AS THIS CAN BE EVALUATED MORE OBJECTIVELY. NO SUPPORTING DATA ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Police legal advisers; Program evaluation; Rhode Island
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