Police-Medical Collaborations to Prevent Intentional Injury and Homicide

Andrea L. Morrozoff, Police Executive Research Forum
Melissa M. Reuland, Police Executive Research Forum
Clifford L. Karchmer, Police Executive Research Forum

ABSTRACT
In several pioneering communities, medical professionals such as emergency room physicians, EMS providers, and forensic nurses are pairing with law enforcement to shift the community's crime prevention focus from "broken windows" to "broken bones." Research on various types of abuse, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse, suggests that many victims present to health care facilities for less seious injury prior to future, more serious victimization or death. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is exploring the benefits of these collaborative efforts and their potential to prevent serious injury and homicide. The presenter will review literature on intentional injury and prevention, and current programs involving law enforcement and medical personnel collaboration. Three localities that offer innovative police-medical collaborative programs will be highlighted. Discussion will include steps to program initiation, and the direct and indirect impacts of the collaboration. Recommendations for initiating these collaborative efforts will be offered.

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Updated 05/20/2006