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Drug Abuse Recognition for Probation and Parole Officers

The majority of individuals in the nation’s criminal justice system have substance abuse issues. Suffice it to say, knowledge of drugs and their effects is very important to anyone working in the criminal justice system, especially those working in probation or parole.

To help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs, a group of officers in California developed a program called the drug abuse recognition (DAR) course. The DAR program was developed to help identify individuals currently under the influence of drugs, which makes it ideal for use by probation and parole officers, correctional officers, private industry, and school officials. AMU criminal justice student Keith Graves writes about the benefits of this unique program.

Situational and Cultural Factors Influencing Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence often occurs as an acute incident at first, however, time and situational factors can increase the number of incidents as well as the level of violence. Data have shown that certain racial groups and socioeconomic groups are more susceptible to experiencing domestic violence. It's important for authorities to understand how IPV is influenced by situational and cultural factors so they can help identify individuals who are most susceptible to abuse and provide them with assistance and resources immediately.

Sexual Abuse Survival and Recovery

As part of our month-long focus on building awareness about sexual assault, AMU professor Michael Pittaro introduces us to Sarah Lovell, who survived and recovered from years of sexual abuse and drug and alcohol addiction. Sarah shares her story so others can understand the damage caused by sexual assault and why this crime needs to be prevented and offenders prosecuted. Read more about Sarah's story and what she's doing to help others.

Law Enforcement and Substance Use: A Dangerous Mix

Substance abuse can affect anyone, even law enforcement. Although police officers often see the severe consequences of drug or alcohol use through their jobs, some still turn to substances. There are many reasons law enforcement personnel use substances including coping with the stress of their job, regular exposure to tragedies or death, issues in their personal life, or simply from anxiety or depression.

The Challenges of Treating Child Substance Abuse

By Dr. Vincent Giordano Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University Prior to coming to American Public University as the Criminal Justice Program Director, I worked with Operation PAR as a drug counselor and the Program Administrator of Juvenile Services. I managed a staff that was primarily responsible for screening and assessing youth who were arrested in Pinellas County, Florida. Sometimes parents decide to involve police as their own form of treatment when they discover a child is abusing drugs. These parents misconstrue the purpose of law enforcement by thinking police officers will come to the home and scare the child into not using drugs. This is rarely the case.