CITY OF NASHUA, NH
Mayor Donald C. Davidson

THE "POINT" PROGRAM

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The "Point" (Police Officers Interacting with Nashua Teens) program is a school resource officer program for junior high school students.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program was created during the summer of 1998 and is scheduled to begin in September 1998. The program was designed to increase positive attitudes among young people towards law enforcement, reduce juvenile crime, reduce school discipline problems and limit the influences of gangs, drugs, alcohol and weapons in the school.

3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?

The program's effectiveness cannot be measured at this time due to the fact that the program is set to begin in September 1998.

4. How is the program financed?

The Nashua Police Department provides a full time police officer to work in the three public junior high schools in the city of Nashua. The program also receives donations for the Nashua Police Departments school programs from the business community.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?

At this time the community is not fully aware of the "Point" program due to the fact that the program will just begin in September 1998. The Nashua Police Departments "We Care" program (Elementary School Program) has been well received by the public and business community. The "Point" program is a follow up to the "We Care" program and is expected to also be well received.

6. Contact person:

Officer Michael Soucy

School Resource Officer

Nashua Police Department

10 Panther Drive

Nashua, N.H. 03061

Telephone: (603) 594-3548

Fax: (603) 594-3546

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