The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has identified the following four areas associated with street gangs as key target areas for today s police agencies. Bullying in Schools. Disorderly Youth in Public Places. Drive by Shootings. Drug Dealing in Open Air Markets For this assignment, choose one of these topics and complete a 5 to 7 page essay, using APA style formatting, based on the following question: What can the police do to prevent, reduce, and/or minimize the threat/impact of (your topic) in the community? In addition to researching and discussing past and current approaches to addressing these problems, reference the community policing strategies you ve learned from the course reading material to evaluate current practices and in the development of your response.
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