The Policy Policies Of The Los Angeles Police Department, And The Graffiti Reduction Programs

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There have been many policies created from theories. The policies are made to teach and provide programs that would lead to less people committing crimes and provide safe activities for teens. I will be discussing three policies and the theoretical ideas that led to creating them. The policies I will be looking at are D.A.R.E., neighborhood watch program, and the graffiti reduction programs. Between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was developed in 1983. Since the start of the D.A.R.E. program, it is now a program to over fifty countries around the world. The founder, Daryl F. Gates, introduced the D.A.R.E. program to teach and prevent drug abuse. The program gets the community, schools, and the law enforcement working together to educate children how to "Just say no" to drugs and peer pressure. It stats on DARE.org website, "is more than just drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe, and secure." There are many theories that apply to the D.A.R.E. program. The criminal theory that can best be applied to the D.A.R.E. program is said to show the beginning of rational choice theory, or rational action theory. This theory is said to let the children choose if the cost of doing or possessing drugs or alcohol is worth the punishment. This theory stems from the classical theory because crime is seen as a choice that is impacted by the cost of the choice made. There is another theory that plays in the D.A.R.E. program. It is the broken window 's theory. The broken window 's theory is a theory that states ... ... middle of paper ... ...ase property value, loss of community ownership, and the overall quality of life. It also sends a message that people in the community are not concerned about the well-being or appearance of their neighborhood. When it comes to the people that are vandalizing property with graffiti, rational choice theory would be an accurate theory. The offenders freely choose to commit the crimes. Offenders think only about themselves and how to advance their personal goals. There are many theories in criminology. It seemed to me that the broke windows theory was mentioned the most because you can see this theory almost everywhere you go. If we want our neighborhoods to be better, we need to clean it up and start caring about each other within our communities. The more I did research on the programs I discussed; I realized that my very own community needs more of these programs.

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