School Crime and Policing

School Crime and Policing

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For undergraduate/graduate courses in policing issues, school safety issues, and specific public policy issues; in departments of Criminal Justice, Education, and Political Science.

This one-of-a-kind text opens by exploring the problem of school crime in America today-stating in explicit and understandable terms the exact nature of juvenile and school crime as described in national and state statistics, and examines various methods and techniques for solving the problem. In short, students who read this book will understand the reality of school crime and what to do about it.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 430.91g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0130924911
  • 9780130924919

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Violent and dangerous acts have been occurring with alarming regularity at schools across the country for many years. The acts were dismissed by citizens and hidden by education officials. Each act was treated as an isolated incident, and the issue of school crime was never identified as a real problem.

Now more than ever it is important to recognize that school crime is a monumental concern in all communities. William L. Turk and contributing authors examine the problems and concerns with school crime, and work to offer solutions. This text lays the foundation for understanding by recognizing the relationship of school crime to juvenile crime. School Crime and Policing summarizes the national perspective on school crime. Included in the text are details of the school crime experience, suggestions for police officers on the steps needed to ensure a safe school, and ways to handle a school crime emergency. Teacher's perspectives and a survey of school crime perceptions in a high school in Edinburgh, Texas are also integrated as a hands-on approach.

This text offers a pragmatic assessment of the role of police and school crime through the perspective of esteemed academicians and practitioners. School Crime and Policing hopes to spark awareness and encourage preparedness for the safety of our schools and our communities.
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Table of contents

1. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report.

2. School Crime in the United States: A Brief Analysis of Patterns and Trends.

3. School Crime Reporting in California.

4. School-Based Violent Crime in Texas.

5. Preparing for Safe Schools.

6. Recommended Practices for Safe Schools.

7. A Police Officer's Response to School Crime: A Cooperative Venture.

8. School Violence from the Classroom Teacher's Perspective.

9. School Violence from the Administrator's Perspective.

10. The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools: A Guide for Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies.

11. A Guide to Effective School-Based Prevention Programs: Early Childhood Education and Environmentally Focused Programs.

12. A Guide to Effective School-Based Prevention Programs: Individually Focused Programs.

13. Policing and School Violence: Perceptions or Reality - Either Way There Will Always Be the Need for Safety.
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About William L. Turk

William L. Turk, (Ph.D., University of Texas Arlington), is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. He has recently published When Juvenile Crime Comes to School (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1999), an in-depth look at and analysis of school crime in 50 Texas school districts. He has published in academic journals and extensively in private industry press. He is currently working on a book about special districts in Texas.
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