ERIC Number: ED221615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Police Liaison Program. Research Report 81-08.
Hunter, Susanne; LaTorre, Ronald
The Police Liaison Program (PLP) was established in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) elementary and secondary schools to improve police-community relationships; to increase understanding of the police role and of the individual's responsibilities in the community; and ultimately, to reduce juvenile delinquency. In 1981, the program was evaluated to measure its effectiveness in decreasing the incidence of juvenile crimes, improving student attitudes toward the police, and influencing administrator, teacher, and student opinions on the program. Analysis of crime statistics revealed no evidence that the program had made a significant impact on the incidence of crime on school grounds. Attitude surveys indicated that having the program in a school had a significant impact on attitudes toward the police among secondary school students but not among elementary school students. Opinion surveys indicated that most of the teachers, principals, and students had positive opinions of the program. The school personnel presented some recommendations for program improvement. Details of the evaluation and evaluation results are presented in this report. Appendices include an example of a Police Liaison Officer's monthly report and plans, crime statistics, sample questionnaires, and survey results for elementary school teachers and students, and secondary school teachers and students. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vancouver Board of School Trustees (British Columbia). Dept. of Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver); Police Liaison Program (British Columbia)