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Justice and Law Enforcement

Maintaining safe schools requires the involvement of many agencies outside of the educational community, particularly law enforcement, social service, juvenile justice agencies and the court system. Partnerships across these agencies improve school safety and serve the needs of youth at risk. For example, law enforcement agencies assist schools in development of safety and emergency plans, provide classroom instructions with programs such as DARE and crime prevention, investigate crimes in schools, and often assign officers to schools through an Adopt a School or School Resource Officer program.

The caseloads of state agencies include youth in the public schools, requiring these agencies to work closely with schools when youth return from out-of-home placements. It is important for other agencies involved with an at-risk student to know how the youth is performing in school so that they can properly assess progress and assist in providing interventions that help the student become successful. The judicial system receives all school-based complaints, such as truancy, and decides whether diversion is appropriate or whether the case should be formally processed through the courts. Many courts in the state are now holding truancy court in the schools

Justice and Law Topics of Interest

Justice and Law Resources

This Dear Colleague Letter alerts all interested parties to additional topics and research questions of high priority and particular interest to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) as part of its Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). The topics and research questions described in this letter provide greater specificity, but remain consistent with the funding categories, priorities, and guidance described in the full CSSI solicitation (available at http://www.nij.gov/ funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2016-9093.pdf). Many of the items listed below focus on school discipline, and are particularly germane to applicants for funding Category 1: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe and funding Category 3: Shorter Term Studies on School Safety. However, potential applicants for all funding categories are encouraged to review and consider these items. (April 6, 2016) 

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016    - A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the School and Staffing Survey and the Campus Safety and Security Survey. 

Cyberbullying Tip Card For Law Enforcement - The IACP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have jointly released a tool for law enforcement titled Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement. The resource was developed under a project supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The tip card includes over 20 recommendations to address cyberbullying from subject matter experts working in law enforcement, youth trauma, mental health, computer crimes, victim services, and education. It provides guidance on cyberbullying prevention, preparation, response, and investigation to law enforcement administrators and first responders.