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Model Guidelines Help Agencies Join Forces to Combat Violent Firearm Crime

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 68 Issue: 9 Dated: September 2001 Pages: 57,59,61-64,65
Steven R. Harris
Date Published
September 2001
7 pages
This article presents guidelines for creating multiagency groups to combat violent firearm crime.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police Model Violent Firearm Crime Coalition Guidelines describe a broad-based strategy for combating firearm crime. It includes at its foundation partnerships among the three principal enforcement entities of the criminal justice system as well as community partnerships. Criminal justice partnerships are made up of law enforcement (local, State, and Federal agencies); corrections, including juvenile and adult detention and juvenile and adult community corrections; and any prosecutor's offices that would have jurisdiction over firearm crime cases, including Federal prosecutors. The objectives of a model violent firearm crime coalition are agreed upon and supported by all parties to the agreement. Objectives can be tailored to fit the laws, prosecutorial practices, and needs of any particular coalition. The guidelines include sample objectives and descriptions of the need for and possible composition of development, oversight, and publicity committees. The guidelines state that a coalition will communicate to lawmakers the public value and importance of including coalition members in their efforts before creating new legislation.