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 For Immediate Release
March 7, 2006

CONTACT: Gilbert Moore
(202) 616-1728

COMMUNITY SAFETY DURING SPRING BREAK

Federal COPS Office offers resources to help police and communities respond to spring break crime and disorder.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the availability of several publications that can benefit both citizens and law enforcement officials in communities that attract large numbers of college students during the annual spring break season. The publications, listed below, are each available from COPS free of charge.

  • Acquaintance Rape of College Students
  • Assaults in and Around Bars 
  • Crimes Against Tourists
  • Cruising
  • Disorder at Budget Motels
  • Disorderly Youth in Public Places
  • Drunk Driving
  • Illicit Sexual Activity in Public Places
  • Loud Car Stereos
  • Rave Parties
  • Street Racing
  • Student Party Riots
  • Underage Drinking

These practical guides provide insight into the factors that contribute to specific types of crime or disorder problems, offer suggestions on how communities can evaluate these problems from a local perspective, and highlight successful approaches that other communities throughout the country have used to address similar problems.

"COPS is pleased to make these publications available to help communities and students experience a safe spring break," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "An influx of tens of thousands of vacationing college students can have a tremendous impact on the communities to which they travel. Many of these communities go from being relatively small towns to cities overnight, and the burden that this poses to the police and citizens can be daunting. COPS resources will help law enforcement, businesses, and community leaders develop successful responses to challenges associated with spring break."

Free copies of these publications can be obtained by contacting COPS Office Response Center at (800) 421-6770, or by downloading them from www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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