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Acquaintance Rape of College Students COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. Rape is one of the most common violent crimes on American college campuses today. This guide describes the problem of acquaintance rape of college students, addressing its scope, causes, and contributing factors; methods for analyzing it on a particular campus; tested responses; and measures for assessing response effectiveness. With this information, police and campus public safety officers can more effectively prevent the problem.
An Evaluation of the COPS Office Methamphetamine Initiative COPS Methamphetamine PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), May 2003. This COPS-funded evaluation conducted by the Institute for Law and Justice and 21st Century Solutions evaluates COPS’ first six methamphetamine grants. The COPS Office provided funding to six agencies (Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Dallas, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Little Rock, AR; Minneapolis, MN) to combat the production, distribution, and use of meth. This evaluation focuses on the histories of the meth problems in these cities and includes detailed process evaluations of each grant’s implementation. This report provides insight into the ways in which these agencies responded to their meth problems and should be of great interest to those dealing with similar drug problems in their jurisdictions.
Benefits and Consequences of Police Crackdowns COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This response guide deals with police crackdowns, a response commonly used to address crime and disorder problems. Crackdowns involve high police visibility and numerous arrests. They may use undercover or plainclothes officers working with uniformed police, and may involve other official actions in addition to arrests. This guide provides the reader with on overview of the types of crackdowns, how crackdowns work to reduce crime, and how law enforcement can use crackdowns to address specific problems, such as robbery, burglary, gun-related crime, traffic problems, drug problems and street prostitution.
Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs, 2nd Edition COPS Methamphetamine PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This problem-oriented guide for police addresses the problem of clandestine drug labs. Offenders manufacture a variety of illicit drugs in such labs with methamphetamine accounting for 80 to 90 percent of the labs total drug production. Accordingly, the problem of clandestine drug labs is closely tied with the problems associated with methamphetamine abuse. This guide is an essential tool for law enforcement to help analyze and develop responses to their local clandestine methamphetamine lab problem (2nd Edition).
Combating Methamphetamine Laboratories and Abuse: Strategies for Success COPS Methamphetamine PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), December 2002. The COPS Office began funding state and local law enforcement agencies to combat the production, distribution, and use of methamphetamine in 1998. COPS methamphetamine grants encourage law enforcement agencies to use advanced technologies and creative problem-solving strategies to implement resourceful solutions to persistent crime and disorder problems. This publication provides a brief summary of the findings of the national evaluation of six COPS methamphetamine grantees and suggests ways that agencies can better deal with their own methamphetamine problems.
Drug Dealing in Open-Air Markets COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. Open-air markets represent the lowest level of the drug distribution network. Low-level markets need to be tackled effectively to reduce the harms that illicit drug use can inflict on the local community. This guide describes the problem and reviews the factors that increase the risks of drug dealing in open-air markets. The guide then identifies a series of questions that might assist agencies in analyzing their local problem and reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.
Drug Dealing in Privately Owned Apartment Complexes COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This problem-oriented guide for police focuses on drug dealing in privately owned apartment complexes. It clearly distinguishes between open- and closed-drug markets, provides information on what is known about each market type, and offers questions to ask when analyzing each market. It also proposes various responses designed to closed-drug markets and provides a full range of problem-specific measures to determine the effectiveness of those responses.
Methamphetamine Initiative Final Environmental Assessment COPS Methamphetamine PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), May 2003. This report assesses the impact on the environment of grant policies under the COPS Methamphetamine Initiative, which encompasses funding for the dismantling of clandestine methamphetamine labs and the associated cleanup of hazardous materials involved in methamphetamine manufacture.
Prescription Fraud COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. Prescription fraud is a significantly growing problem for many law enforcement agencies. This problem-oriented guide for police begins by describing the problem of prescription fraud and reviewing factors that contribute to it. It also identifies a series of questions that might assist agencies in analyzing their local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.
Rave Parties COPS Club Drugs PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2004. This problem-oriented guide for police addresses the problems associated with rave parties. Rave parties – or, more simply, raves – are dance parties that feature fast-paced, repetitive electronic music and accompanying light shows. Raves are the focus of a youth-oriented subculture that blends music, art, and social ideals (e.g., peace, love, unity, respect, tolerance, happiness). The rave culture also entails the use of a range of licit and illicit drugs. This guide is an essential tool for law enforcement in developing responses to their local rave party problem.
The High Point Drug Market Intervention Strategy COPS Policy PDF   HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2009. Drug markets destroy neighborhoods, contribute to crime, and have a negative effect on communities. The arrest and jailing of drug dealers alone has not eliminated the problem. The High Point (North Carolina) Police Department, exasperated by this cyclical problem, tried a different tactic and succeeded in eliminating the city’s most notorious drug markets in a little over three years. This publication, by David Kennedy and Sue-Lin Wong, tells the compelling story of High Point, and also discusses the similar success experienced in Providence, Rhode Island.
Underage Drinking COPS Related Documents and Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. Underage drinkers experience a wide range of alcohol-related health, social, criminal justice, and academic problems. This guide identifies a series of questions that might assist law enforcement in analyzing their local problem. It also reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.