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A Guide to Developing, Maintaining, and Succeeding With Your School Resource Officer Program COPS Law Enforcement in Schools / Law Enforcement in Schools PDF TXT   Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2005. This guide for school resource officer (SRO) programs focuses on recruitment, screening, retaining, training, supervision, identification of funding sources, and the maintenance of funding. Promising methods used by these programs to address the aforementioned problem area are featured in this guide.
Addressing School-Related Crime and Disorder COPS / Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics Youth Disorder & Delinquency PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, September 2001. Under the COPS funded School-Based Partnerships grant program, law enforcement agencies partnered with schools to address local crime and disorder problems. Grantees utilized problem-solving techniques to better understand the causes of identified problems, apply analysis-driven responses, and evaluate their efforts.
Because Things Happen Every Day: Responding to Teenage Victims of Crime (Discussion Guide) COPS / NCVC Related Resources / School Violence & Violence Prevention PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), July 2005. This discussion guide and the companion 20-minute video are designed to foster a greater understanding of the impact of crime and violence on teens and the obstacles teens face in seeking help. The video features two innovative programs that have been effective in reaching and responding to teen victims.
Because Things Happen Every Day: Responding to Teenage Victims of Crime (Video) COPS / NCVC Related Resources     HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), July 2005. The discussion guide and the companion 20-minute video are designed to foster a greater understanding of the impact of crime and violence on teens and the obstacles teens face in seeking help. The video features two innovative programs that have been effective in reaching and responding to teen victims through the use of peer leadership, in-school support groups, one-on-one counseling, and hotlines.
Bomb Threats in Schools COPS School Violence & Violence Prevention PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. This guide addresses the problem of bomb threats in schools, public or private, kindergarten through 12th grade. The guide reviews the factors that increase the risk of bomb threats in schools and then identifies a series of questions that might assist law enforcement in analyzing their local problem. Finally, the guide reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.
Bullying in Schools COPS School Violence & Violence Prevention / Youth Disorder & Delinquency PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2009. There is always concern about school violence, and police have assumed greater responsibility for helping school officials ensure students’ safety. As pressure increases to place officers in schools, police agencies must decide how best to contribute to student safety. This guide provides police with information about the causes and extent of bullying in schools and recommendations for developing effective approaches and practices that contribute to student safety.
Child Pornography on the Internet COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), May 2006. As the use of computers in our society has increased, so too has the issue of Internet child pornography crimes. Therefore, it is important that law enforcement agencies develop strategies for dealing with this problem. This problem-oriented guide for police describes the problem and reviews the factors that increase the risks of Internet child pornography. It then identifies a series of questions that may assist in the analysis of the problem and reviews responses based on evaluative research and police practice.
CIS: COPS in Schools Fact Sheet COPS Law Enforcement in Schools PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), March 2004. This fact sheet profiles the training and program requirements for the COPS in Schools (CIS) Program, which is funded under the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. School resource officers (SROs) work in partnership with school administrators to implement community policing strategies to prevent school violence and present educational programs designed to improve student and school safety.
COPS Gangs Toolkit COPS Gangs     HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2007. The COPS Gangs Toolkit consists of resources for law enforcement officials, educators, and parents to address specific types of crimes committed by gangs. The resources provide details of community policing solutions to youth crime and school violence. The COPS Office encourages law enforcement agencies to analyze their local gang problems and use these resources, as appropriate.
Creative Partnerships: Supporting Youth, Building Communities COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2005. This COPS Innovations piece highlights community policing approaches to developing partnerships with youth. Three youth-focused programs funded by the COPS Office serve as examples of partnerships that law enforcement, schools, and community organizations can form to address issues of juvenile crime and victimization.
Crime Mapping News, Volume 3 Issue 2, Spring 2001 COPS / Police Foundation School Safety Technology PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Foundation, April 2001. The topic of this issue is GIS and school safety. The articles in this issue include a discussion of the use of GIS as a tool for responding to critical incidents at schools; a description of SchoolCOP, a free software package that allows for mapping and analysis of incidents occurring in and around schools; a brief description of MAPSS, an analytical tool that allows for spatial analysis of student pathways, hangouts, and the neighborhoods surrounding schools; an article describing a safe schools mapping initiative developed by the San Diego, California Police Department; and an annotated bibliography of articles, reports, and books relating to the topic of school safety.
Disorderly Youth in Public Places COPS Youth Disorder & Delinquency PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. Disorderly youth in public places constitute one of the most common problems facing many police agencies. This problem-oriented guide for police provides a general discussion of the problem of disorderly youth in public places and reviews the factors that contribute to it. The guide also identifies questions to ask when dealing with a disorderly youth problem, proposes numerous responses to the problem, and identifies ways to measure the effectiveness of responses to the problem.
Gang Reference Card for Parents (English) COPS Gangs PDF   HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. This quick and easy reference guide provides common warning signs of gang involvement. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with local gangs symbols, seek help early, and consider contacting school officials, local law enforcement, faith leaders, and community organizations for additional assistance. The Gang Reference Card for Parents is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Vietnamese.
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Graffiti COPS Gangs / Youth Disorder & Delinquency PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2009. This problem-oriented guide for police addresses effective responses to the problem of graffiti – the wide range of markings, etchings, and paintings that deface public or private property. In recent decades, graffiti has become an extensive problem, spreading from the largest cities to other locales. This guide provides law enforcement with a series of questions to consider when analyzing their local graffiti problem and reviews responses to the problem based on evaluative research and police practice.
Guide to Using School COP Software to Address Student Discipline Problems COPS School Safety Technology PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2001. This Guide is designed to help school administrators, police officers assigned to a school, and non-sworn school security staff reduce student discipline and crime problems using a new software application called the School Crime Operations Package, or School COP. School COP is designed to enable you to record and store detailed information about incidents involving student misconduct and crime.
Juvenile Runaways COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), March 2006. Police encounter juveniles for many reasons related to their running away from home. This guide begins by describing the problem of juvenile runaways and reviewing its risk factors. It then identifies a series of questions to help law enforcement analyze their local juvenile runaway problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.
Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder through Problem-Solving Partnerships COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. This guidebook, part of the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police series, will help communities use the SARA model (scanning, analysis, response and assessment) for building problem-solving partnerships.
Researching a Problem COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2005. This guide, one of the Problem-Solving Tools Series, summarizes knowledge about information gathering and analysis techniques that might assist police at any of the four main stages of a problem-oriented project: scanning, analysis, response, and assessment. This tool takes the mystery out of conducting research on problems by helping the user to define their problem, use technology to conduct Internet searches, get advice from experts, visit libraries, and evaluate their primary sources of information. The guide offers helpful hints to understanding and identifying responses to problems based on the research gathered.
School COP Software COPS School Safety Technology     HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), n.d. The School Crime Operations Package (School COP) is a free software application for entering, analyzing, and mapping incidents that occur in and around schools.
School Vandalism and Break-Ins COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2005. The term school vandalism refers to willful or malicious damage to school grounds and buildings or furnishings and equipment. This guide describes the problem and reviews the risk factors of school vandalism and break-ins. It also reviews the associated problems of school burglaries and arson. The guide then identifies a series of questions to help law enforcement analyze their local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem, and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.
School-Based Partnerships: A Problem-Solving Strategy COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2006. The COPS Office funded the School-Based Partnerships (SBP) grant program for the purpose of partnering law enforcement agencies with schools to address crime and disorder problems in and around middle and high schools. In Fiscal Years 1998 and 1999, the COPS Office awarded 275 law enforcement agencies more than $30 million to partner with school entities to address crime and disorder in and around schools. These law enforcement agencies were required to attend training in problem-analysis and problem-solving methods, specifically the SARA Model, to better understand the causes of identified problems, apply analysis-driven responses, and evaluate their efforts. This report focuses on three SBP sites and their use of the SARA problem-solving process to address specific issues in their schools: students and teachers feeling threatened, illegal drug sales, and truancy.
SRO Performance Evaluation: A Guide to Getting Results COPS / Circle Solutions Law Enforcement in Schools PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Circle Solutions, August 2005. The evaluation captures the lessons-learned from a COPS-funded, 2-year pilot project conducted by Circle Solutions, Inc. The result is a step-by-step guide to help law enforcement and school personnel use school resource officers (SRO) effectively. To better address school crime and disorder, it also provides guidance on how to match the SRO’s actual performance to their evaluations.
Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization COPS / NCVC Related Resources / School Violence & Violence Prevention PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), May 2007. The toolkit is a hands-on implementation guide for the Teen Action Partnership (TAP) for Teen Victims program. TAP for Teen Victims is a program that marshals the strengths of youth as leaders to transform their communities’ response to teenage victims of crime, while building the resilience of the youth participants at the same time. It is intended as a resource for educators, law enforcement personnel, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, teens, and others who might be interested in starting a youth-led effort to improve local policies, outreach, and services for adolescent crime victims. While this toolkit can be used as a stand-alone resource, ideally its use should be accompanied by training and technical assistance from the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Teen Victim Initiative staff.
Traffic Congestion Around Schools COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2007. This problem-oriented guide for police addresses school-related traffic congestion, as defined as the overcrowding and blocking of streets on or near school property that is typically associated with car transportation of children to and from school. This guide is written for police, not because they are the biggest stakeholders in solving traffic congestion problems, but because they are often one of the first to be called when traffic congestion develops around schools. Police are more likely to be contacted only after tensions have developed among residents, school staff, and parents over responsibility for congestion. Police are in a unique position to serve as mediator between these groups, helping them to seek common ground in developing and implementing effective solutions and ultimately making their jobs easier by reducing the number of calls for service generated by congestion, and the traffic violations and traffic safety issues that often accompany it.
Underage Drinking COPS Youth Disorder & Delinquency 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.
Using Analysis for Problem-Solving: A Guide Book for Law Enforcement COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This guide provides law enforcement practitioners with a resource for conducting problem analysis. It summarizes many challenges of the analysis phase of the problem-solving process. This book builds on the foundation presented in Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder Through Problem-Solving Partnerships, and complements the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Series. The guide also identifies tools for analysis and proposes tips for effectively using each tool.
Vital Partners: Mayors and Police Chiefs Working Together for America's Children and Youth COPS Related Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), February 2007. The National League of Cites (NLC) and COPS have released a new report highlighting effective collaborations between mayors and law enforcement officials to protect the safety of children and youth. The report is the product of an intensive research, data collection, and outreach effort by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, the COPS Office, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The report describes effective partnerships in cities of every size and region that demonstrate the importance of community oriented policing strategies, the role of data in sustaining momentum and measuring results, and the challenges of building partnerships around a shared community vision. Topics addressed in the report include prevention of gang violence, bullying, and substance abuse; creating safe places for recreation; effective neighborhood policing programs; and partnerships with diverse stakeholders.