ERIC Number: ED299519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Interface: Schools and Police Cooperation.
Blauvelt, Peter D.
The climate between police and schools has changed from an adversarial one in the 1960s and 1970s to one in which both sides recognize the many advantages to be gained through cooperation. The criminal justice system is made up of three elements: police, courts, and corrections. Tempering the criminal justice system are the community norms which are reflected in the prosecution patterns of the local courts. When youth commit crimes in the schools, the criminal justice system usually becomes involved. The success of this involvement can vary widely. With effective communication among all members of the criminal justice and education systems involving communication that recognizes the need to respect each other as partners with different clients and different needs, the cycle of frustration and distrust is likely to be broken. Criminal justice personnel, police, and educators need to come to an agreement regarding the roles and responsibilities of each agency. Procedures for intervention by the police in schools should be established. Planning meetings should be held which focus on the following topics: (1) scope of information to be collected and who is to collect it; (2) common definitions of offenses; (3) frequency of review of information; (4) examination of crime data; and (5) logistical issues, including liaison, authority, training, assignment, investigations, arrest, and records. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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Sponsor: National Alliance for Safe Schools, Bethesda, MD.
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