ERIC Number: ED438704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Security and Crime Prevention Strategies in California Public Schools.
Key findings are presented from a survey conducted by the California Research Bureau showing that most California school districts incorporate violence prevention program curricula with a strong police and security presence. Many schools have installed closed circuit video surveillance cameras, canine searches, and metal detectors. Unfortunately, the vast majority of schools who actively use violence prevention and anti-drug use curricula are unable to directly measure the impact or effectiveness of these programs on reducing violence and drug use among students. Many small schools rely on school staff, teachers, and volunteers to provide supervision and security during school hours. Few California schools have brought together the key elements of students, parents, and civic and public officials to formulate a community response to school violence. While there are nearly 13,000 part-time and full-time school district personnel providing security in California K-12 schools, few are trained or certified in these types of jobs. By contrast, the state's largest school districts have their own police forces. Only 10 percent of medium-sized districts and fewer smaller districts have a dedicated school police force. A substantial number of school districts have agreements and contracts with municipal police or local law enforcement agencies. An appendix provides the survey questionnaire. (GR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Crime Prevention, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Districts, School Security, Security Personnel, Violence
For full text: http://www.library.ca.gov/html/statseg2a.cfm
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Senate Subcommittee on School Safety.; California State Legislature, Sacramento. Senate Committee on Education.
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento. California Research Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: California