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NCJ Number: 82412 Find in a Library
Title: Planning Guide for Development of Crime Prevention Councils
Corporate Author: Virginia Division of Justice and Crime Prevention
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Virginia Division of Justice and Crime Prevention
Richmond, VA 23219
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This brief report presents guidelines for the establishment of crime prevention councils.
Abstract: The purpose of the crime prevention council is to bring together interests and resources concerned with improving the level of public safety and security in the community. The council can assist the law enforcement agency and local government in identification of specific problems. Once problem areas have been identified, the council should seek to target specific aspects, e.g., residential burglary. The council is responsible for implementing its own prevention plans. Council efforts which have been successful in many communities include public awareness seminars, public service announcements, and Neighborhood Watch programs. Appropriate training and policy development are essential to success. Members on local crime prevention councils should include public officials and private citizens who represent community interests. The following interests should be represented where applicable: the school board, the news media, the clergy, and the local farm bureau. Initial membership should be determined by the local police chief. It is recommended that the council consist of 15 to 25 members.
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crime Control Programs
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