ERIC Number: ED495095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct-27
School-Based Partnerships: A Problem-Solving Strategy. COPS Innovations
Uchida, Craig D.; Solomon, Shellie; Katz, Charles M.; Pappas, Cynthia E.
US Department of Justice
The Community Oriented Policing Services (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 (refers to the four problem-solving stages of Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) 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. Partnerships with key stakeholders were a primary objective of the COPS-sponsored School Based Partnerships program. The most successful partnerships had clear roles among participants with strategic goals and shared priorities. Too many partners, internal or extra-organizational conflicts, competing priorities, and limited resources proved challenging to some grantees. Police indicated that certain partnerships were instrumental in developing a better understanding of problems in and around schools. A list of recommended readings is provided. [This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.]
Descriptors: Grants, Problem Solving, Crime Prevention, Law Enforcement, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Partnerships in Education, School Safety, Drug Abuse, Retailing, Truancy, Program Descriptions, Case Studies, Police School Relationship, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.