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NCJ Number: 76810 Find in a Library
Title: Arson Strategy Workshop - A Summary Report
Author(s): C H Corrigan; J T Sessions; S B Thawley
Corporate Author: Public Admin Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Public Admin Service
Mclean, VA 22102
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20530
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Recommendations developed in a workshop designed to produce a national arson strategy are reported.
Abstract: An arson strategy was developed by the participants of three working panels on arson prevention and investigation, enforcement and prosecution, and statistics and research. Participants recommended that efforts focus on developing a better data base, faster and more effective reporting of fires and arson, and target-oriented research, so that strategic planning and tactical antiarson operations can be more effectively conducted. Also, since prevention of arson is especially difficult where vandalism and pyromania are the causative factors, initial emphasis should be on the area most amenable to action -- arson-for-profit. Moreover, the 34 States currently without immunity laws that would permit the insurance industry to cooperate with law enforcement should enact such laws, and the experiences of successful local arson task forces should be made available to fire and police services as well as to prosecutors and district attorneys. National standards and applicable training materials should also be developed and made available for the cross-training of arson task force members. An educational program for prosecutors should be developed, and arson detection equipment should be furnished to State and local crime labs to facilitate the proper analysis of arson evidence. The appendixes list members of the workshop panels and the workshop agenda.
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson investigations; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Data collections; Research and development; Workshops and seminars
Note: Workshop held in Washington, DC, February 1-2, 1979.
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