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Promoting Partnerships Between Police and Community Supervision Agencies: How Coordination Can Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety

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Jesse Jannetta; Pamela Lachman
Date Published
May 2011
64 pages
Intended for all levels of police and community-supervision personnel, this guidebook describes how law-enforcement and community-supervision agencies build partnerships that can improve public safety.
The first section of the guidebook discusses why police and community-supervision agencies should be motivated to develop partnerships, given that each agency is concerned about preventing crime. Community-supervision agencies are responsible for managing services and treatment for offenders on probation and parole. Police are interested in both preventing and responding to crime. Given that people who have committed crimes are at greater risk for reoffending, it makes sense that police should be aware of the parolees and probationers being supervised in their jurisdictions. The guidebook's second section discusses the key elements of such a partnership. These elements include intelligence and information sharing, case planning, and mutual support for offender behavioral change, problem solving, targeted interventions for special populations, and focused deterrence efforts. Throughout the guidebook, specific examples of such partnerships in the field are provided, so as to portray the varieties of partnership structures and cooperative activities in communities across the country. These examples show that by collaborating in ways that achieve maximum advantage of the respective knowledge, skills, and resources of the agencies, it is possible to increase the cost-effectiveness of public-safety resources. 46 references and appended listing of key resources and sample materials that might be used in the course of collaboration