TRUANCY INTERDICTION PROGRAM
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program?
The Truancy Interdiction Program involves Police Officers actively picking up school aged juveniles, in public areas, during regular school hours that do not have legitimate reasons for being absent from school. The truant juvenile is then transported to the nearest middle / high school.
The School Resource officer at the receiving school notifies the truant’s parent/guardian of the child’s truancy, advises the parent of laws governing truancy/parental responsibility, and may request that the parent come pick up the child.
Truant juveniles that are not readmitted to school or picked up by parents, are transported to a truancy center staffed by non-sworn personnel. The truant remains at the truancy center until released to a parent/guardian. Truants not picked up by parents by 5:00 p.m. are taken to a juvenile support agency (YCC).
2. When was the program created and why?
The Truancy Interdiction Program was created in April 1998 to deal with the increasing number of truants on the streets, and its related rise in criminal activity.
3. How do you measure the program’s effectiveness?
The Truancy Interdiction Program’s effectiveness will be measured by statistical analysis of collected truancy data and reported criminal activity data.
4. How is the program financed?
The Truancy Interdiction Program is a cooperative effort between the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, Duval County School Board, and Department of Community Services. Funding for Truancy Center personnel is currently provided by the Mayor’s Office from the U.S. Department of Justice Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Program.
5. How is the community involved in the program? How has the community responded to the program?
The Truancy Interdiction Program was started in April 1998 with five week Pilot. Program. Community involvement was minimal. Beginning August 1998, all parents will be notified of the Truancy Interdiction Program via the media, and school based communications. The community will be asked to report school aged juveniles not attending school to the police or school officials.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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