Consider Crime Prevention As Your Specialty |
By Jasen Williams | vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps |
Published in the November/December 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Crime prevention is a major part of modern police work. A focused effort by law-enforcement officials both diminishes the human toll brought on by crime and decreases the cost of law enforcement. Veterans with experience and interest in working with local communities may want to consider this specialty.
Several associations, colleges, and private security companies conduct training courses, conferences, and seminars on crime prevention for law-enforcement personnel. Police and sheriff’s departments and other law-enforcement agencies commonly pay for the training of their personnel.
The Internet has plenty of information on crime prevention. A good starting point for research is the “Crime Prevention” page of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, administered by the United States Department of Justice, at https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Topics/Topic.aspx?TopicID=49
I group crime-prevention programs into two main categories: (1) protective, intended to prevent certain people from becoming crime victims, and (2) outreach, designed to prevent individuals from committing crimes.
Protective programs include (i) alarm and holdup programs, which teach individuals who work in banks and other financial institutions how to react to danger, (ii) shoplifting prevention, for retail store staff, (iii) neighborhood watch, in which citizens report suspicious local activity, (iv) mobile watch, in which citizens who drive substantial distances to and from work report suspicious activity, (v) rape prevention and rape reporting, (vi) con-game and scam prevention, (vii) household security, (viii) personal safety – e.g., street-robbery prevention, transit safety, and self-defense, and (ix) auto theft prevention.
Outreach programs include (i) Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and other alcohol and drug programs for elementary-, middle-, and high-school students, (ii) education programs for adults who have been convicted of DUI or drug offenses, and (iii) gang-resistance programs, such as life-skills training to resist gang pressure, and recreation programs.