JUVENILE INTERVENTION PROGRAM
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
The Juvenile Intervention Program is essentially a truancy abatement program. This program utilizes one deputy whose mission is to patrol the City looking for truant students. This deputy checks residential areas and any other areas where truant students congregate. When a delinquent student is located, the student is transported back to his/her school. The deputy then makes an administrative record of each truant student he/she contacts. A unique aspect of this program involves having the Juvenile Intervention Program deputy provide school officials with the names of those students who are on probation for serious crimes. School officials are then instructed to contact the Juvenile Intervention deputy anytime one of the listed at-risk students are absent from school. Once receiving that information, the Juvenile Intervention deputy attempts to contact the at-risk student at home. We have found that at-risk students tend to remain in school when they know they are going to receive special attention from law enforcement. A residual effect of this program is that those at-risk students, who have criminal records, are far less likely to contribute to the daytime crime rate when individual contacts are being made. The Juvenile Intervention deputy also ensures that the at-risk studentís poor attendance record is swiftly brought to the attention of his/her probation officer.
2. When was the program created and why?
The Juvenile Intervention Program was implemented approximately ten years ago in an effort to dissuade truancy and impact a rash of property crimes occurring during school hours.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
The Juvenile Intervention deputy consistently returns approximately 300 students a year to their respective campuses. When this program was first initiated, we experienced a 25 percent reduction in daytime burglaries and auto thefts; that trend has sustained itself over the past ten years.
4. How is the program financed?
The City of Cerritos pays for the salary of the Juvenile Intervention deputy. No other costs are associated with this program.
5. Is the community involved in the program?
No direct community involvement is required for this program.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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