Learning Objectives: In this session, teens will learn how police and community members can work together to keep neighborhoods . . .
In this session, teens will learn how police and community members can work together to keep neighborhoods safe. They will consider a range of police responsibilities, noting how police officers need the help of people in the community to do their jobs well. Finally, teens will learn how to respond if they witness a crime and how to report it.
Tips to Enhance Session 28:
- Use the story of the Babysitter and the questions that correspond to facilitate discussion during Step G.
- Youth Crime Watch of America, Crime Reporting: Provides information about why youth should report crimes, and examples of incidents in which youth prevented crime in their communities due to reporting.
Community Resource People:
- Police officer: During Steps C and F, can provide information about how to report a crime.
- Emergency responder: Can teach students how to report crimes and emergencies effectively.
Don’t forget to give the CRPs the session materials at least one week before they participate in your class.
Service-Learning Project Ideas:
- Short Project: Students can create crime reporting cards to pass out to other teens in case they witness, or are victims of, crime. The cards should include information about the type of crime that took place, time of day, people involved, etc. and should encourage youth to report the crime to the appropriate emergency or nonemergency responders.
- Medium-Length Project: Students can visit court to observe the judicial process that may take place after one witnesses or reports a crime. Then, students can write an article for school or local newspapers outlining what they’ve learned, and the importance of reporting crime.
- Long Project: Students can create and perform a skit for younger children that teaches them about the importance of reporting crimes to police and other trusted adults.