Message From the Director
The Community Outreach through Police in Schools Program
targets middle school students at risk for
exposure to violence in their communities.
The program was developed through the Yale University
Child Study Center's Child Development-Community
Police-Mental Health Partnership
The combined expertise of law enforcement and mental
health professionals is used to determine where
in the community children perceive danger.
Police Officer Participation and Selection
Participating officers are selected based on availability,
expressed interest, and community connections.
The program targets communities where children are
likely to be exposed to violence and trauma.
Student participation in the program is voluntary.
Current evaluations have incorporated assessments already
used by local public school systems.
Preliminary Evaluation Results
The program appears to improve both students' relationships
with law enforcement and their ability to
cope with the emotional effects of violence.
Technical Training and Assistance
The basic principles of this program can be adapted
to the needs and resources of other communities.
Training and Technical Assistance Center:
This document was prepared by Yale University Child Study Center, National Center for Children
Exposed to Violence, under grant number 1997-MU-MU-K021, awarded by the Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.The
opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the
author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of