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Title: Coos Bay Police Department - Volunteer Crime Prevention Program - A Manual for Law Enforcement Agencies
Author(s): L Bork
Corporate Author: Coos Bay Police Dept
Volunteer Crime Prevention Program
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 90
Sponsoring Agency: Coos Bay Police Dept
Coos Bay, OR 97420
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Oregon Law Enforcement Council
Salem, OR 97303
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 80 A 7.1
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes a successful program initiated by the Coos Bay, Oregon Police Department in 1979 to train volunteers to work in various crime prevention projects and provides guidelines to aid other agencies interested in establishing similar programs.
Abstract: The Coos Bay Police Department consists of approximately 33 paid personnel who serve a population of 14,550 persons. The city covers 8.2 square miles and is primarily residential, but has both a port and an industrial area. A discussion of volunteer liability considers injuries or damages caused by volunteers, injuries to volunteers, and automobile insurance. The development of the volunteer program is described, beginning with community participation in the planning process, publicity, and recruitment. Orientation, placement, and training courses for volunteers are also reviewed, as are recordkeeping systems and evaluation. Suggestions for managing volunteers focus on ways of providing agency identification, office space, meetings, and special recognition through awards and public announcements. The Coos Bay volunteers were supervised by a paid coordinator with the assistance of a part-time clerk. Volunteers participated in the following programs: rape victim assistance; projects to teach senior citizens prevention techniques and engrave their personal property; security surveys, electric engraving of property, and block meetings to help residents eliminate opportunities for burglary, theft, and vandalism; a security program for business owners; and presentations to help stores combat shoplifting. Volunteers also worked on an information campaign which designed materials for media use. After a year, the program has been firmly established and reaction from the community and police has been favorable. The second year of the LEAA grant will focus on increasing staff involvement in the volunteers' activities. The appendixes contain recruitment materials, screening instruments, job descriptions, training course outlines and examinations, forms used in monitoring efforts, and Oregon's standards for crime prevention.
Index Term(s): Citizen aides; Community crime prevention programs; Crime Control Programs; Oregon; Police management; Procedure manuals; Volunteer programs; Volunteer training
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