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NCJ Number: 92611 Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Clarification of the Police Role as a Human Services Agency
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1983)  Pages:41-45
Author(s): D B Kennedy
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Dating from the early 1970s the term 'human services' has been applied to a variety of helping efforts.
Abstract: There has been little agreement, however, concerning either a comprehensive definition of human services or the professions and occupations which constitute their activities. The police are analyzed to determine the degree of their adherence to human services ideology which is defined to include systemic integration, comprehensiveness and accessibility, problems in living, generic helping characteristics, and accountability. To the extent that these themes are supported, the police may be properly regarded as a human services agency. Implications of this conclusion for both the police and for human services policy planners are considered. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Police social services
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