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Community Outreach through Police In Schools

August 2003


Message From the Director

Early Intervention
The Community Outreach through Police in Schools Program targets middle school students at risk for exposure to violence in their communities.

The program was developed through the Yale University Child Study Center's Child Development-Community Policing Program.

Police-Mental Health Partnership
The combined expertise of law enforcement and mental health professionals is used to determine where in the community children perceive danger.

Police Officer Participation and Selection
Participating officers are selected based on availability, expressed interest, and community connections.

The program targets communities where children are likely to be exposed to violence and trauma.

Student participation in the program is voluntary.

Program Evaluation
Current evaluations have incorporated assessments already used by local public school systems.

Preliminary Evaluation Results
The program appears to improve both students' relationships with law enforcement and their ability to cope with the emotional effects of violence.

Technical Training and Assistance
The basic principles of this program can be adapted to the needs and resources of other communities.

For More Information

OVC Resource Center: 301-519-5500
Toll-Free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-947-8374
OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: 1-866-OVC-TTAC
TTY: 1-866-682-8880

This document was prepared by Yale University Child Study Center, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, under grant number 1997-MU-MU-K021, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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