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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 224256     Find in a Library
Title: Strategies to Address Gang Crime: A Guidebook for Local Law Enforcement
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Scott H. Decker Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Institute for Public Safety Partnerships
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2008
Page Count: 56
  Annotation: This guidebook provides information intended to assist local law enforcement agencies in developing and improving their responses to gangs.
Abstract: The guidebook focuses on the use of problem solving strategies in which agencies select the interventions most appropriate for the circumstances of their jurisdictions. It promotes the SARA model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) as a strategic problem solving process that local law enforcement can apply to its gang problem. There is growing evidence that the application of the SARA model significantly improves the response to gangs. The four steps in the SARA model are the organizing concepts for the guidebook. “Scanning” involves defining the various facets of the local gang problem based on available and collected data. “Analysis” involves completing a detailed analysis of the dimensions and causes of the problem. “Response” consists of designing ways to counter the causes of gang problems. “Assessment” requires an evaluation of the impact of the responses to the identified gang problems. 7 figures and 189 references and resources, including Web sites
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Specialized police operations ; Police specialized training ; Problem-Oriented Policing ; Gang violence
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2004-CK-WX-K036
Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Type: Technical Assistance
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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