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Policing Gangs and Youth Violence

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ISBN-10: 0534598412

ISBN-13: 9780534598419

Edition: 2003

Authors: Scott Decker

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This title is part of The Wadsworth Professionalism in Policing Series, edited by Samuel Walker. This reader is a descriptive presentation of current practices within policing and juvenile justice (focusing on gangs) that utilize the community-policing model. By looking at specific strategies and their efficacy, the authors attempt to combat a major perceived problem with community policing; that the methodology of community policing can be subjective and nebulous, using ill-defined and misinterpreted practices. This book shows what is working for agencies across the country and how these "best practices" can be employed.
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Book details

List price: $111.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Gangs, Community Policing, and Problem Solving
Community Policing and Problem Solving: From Individuals to Organizations
Suppression or Prevention: What's the Mix?
The Shifting Nature of Youth/Crime Problems--Root and Proximate Cause
Clearly Specifying and Measuring Police and Community "Treatments"
Mobilizing External Others for Effective Interventions
Organizational Issues Confronting Problem Solving for Gangs
Concluding Remarks
Policing Gangs in an Era of Community Policing
Introduction
Theoretical and Policy Rationales for the Establishment of Specialized Police Gang Units
Police Gang Unit Functions and Specialization
Gang Units as Loosely Coupled Organizations
Police Gang Units in a Time of Community-Oriented Policing
Two Models of Police Gang Units
Toward Improving the Effectiveness of Police Gang Units
Problem-Solving Approaches to Gangs and Youth Violence
Boston's Youth Violence Prevention Program: A Comprehensive Community-Wide Approach
Description of Study Site
A Short History of Gangs in Boston
Contemporary Boston Gang Problems
Boston Policy Initiatives and Programs to Reduce Youth Violence
The Impact of Operation Ceasefire on Youth Violence in Boston
The Changing Face of Gangs in Boston
Conclusion
Problem Solving to Reduce Gang and Drug-Related Violence in Indianapolis
Background--Indianapolis
Intervention: Multiagency Problem Solving
Multiagency Problem-Solving Approach
Initial Assessment of Impact
Feedback to the Working Group
Conclusion
From Boston to Boyle Heights: The Process and Prospects of a "Pulling Levers" Strategy in a Los Angeles Barrio
Introduction
Describing the Los Angeles Experience
The Boston Gun Project
The Los Angeles Replication
Response: Developing the "Stick"
Initiating the Intervention: Defining a Trigger Event
Response: Developing the "Carrot"
Potential Community Responses
Formulating Responses
Concluding Observations
Evaluating Nuisance Abatement at Gang and Drug Houses in Chicago
Introduction: Enhancing Chicago's Community-Policing Strategy
Backdrop of Gang and Drug Problems in Chicago
The Municipal Drug and Gang Enforcement Strategy
Evaluation Design
Planned Inspection and Enforcement Process
Actions Taken by MDGE
Process Evaluation
Changes in MDGE Goals and Objectives
Impact Evaluation
Impact Analysis Results
Summary and Recommendations
Beyond Curfews and Crackdowns: An Overview of the Mountlake Terrace Neutral Zone-Americorps Program
Introduction
Literature Review
Descriptions of the Study Site and Intervention
Methods
Conclusions
Suppression-Based Approaches to Gangs and Youth Violence
Suppression Without Prevention, Prevention Without Suppression: Gang Intervention in St. Louis
Introduction
Responding to Gang-Related Crime and Delinquency
The St. Louis Context
Study Methodology
The St. Louis Anti-Gang Initiative Intensive Case Study
AGI Activities
Outcome Measures
The Anti-Gang Initiative in Review
The Application of the SafeFutures Model in St. Louis
Concluding Thoughts on Gang Intervention
The Anti-Gang Initiative in Detroit: An Aggressive Enforcement Approach to Gangs
Site Description
Crime Patterns
Brief History of Detroit
Gangs in Detroit
Initiation of Detroit's Anti-Gang Initiative
Methodology
Findings
Conclusions
For the Sake of the Neighborhood?: Civil Gang Injunctions as a Gang Intervention Tool in Southern California
Introduction
Conceptual Underpinnings of Gang Injunctions
The Injunction Mechanism Described
What Is the Evidence of Success?
Legal Issues Raised by CGIs
Conclusion
Gang Suppression Through Saturation Patrol and Aggressive Curfew and Truancy Enforcement: A Quasi-Experimental Test of the Dallas Anti-Gang Initiative
Introduction
Literature Review
The Police Role in Dealing with Gangs
Methodology
Findings
Discussion and Conclusions
Conclusion
Policing Gangs and Youth Violence: Where Do We Stand, Where Do We Go from Here?
Responding to Gangs and Youth Violence
Contemporary Responses to Gangs and Youth Violence
Index