Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs
Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs teach children resistance techniques to avoid the pressures of drug use and other negative behaviors. D.A.R.E. programs are taught in all public and parochial schools in Addison. For more information on D.A.R.E., visit their website.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program consists of four components: a 13-session middle school curriculum, elementary school curriculum, family training and G.R.E.A.T summer program. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.
Addison Police Explorers
Area youths who are interested in a law enforcement career learn about police duties through training, involvement in community programs and ride alongs with police officers. Crime Prevention Officers conduct "First Nighter" events and coordinate the program.
Child Safety Programs
Safety programs taught in the school for Grades K-3.
- Stranger Danger Program
- Drug Awareness
- Street Safety Crossing Programs
- Bicycle Safety
Back to School Safety Program
Signs displayed around town near schools advising motorists that schools are open. Public service announcements on Addison cable TV are also included in the program.
Safety Patrol Training
Crime Prevention Officers work with safety patrol coordinators from each elementary school to provide training for each student assigned to safety patrol.
A program with non-violent offenders that focuses on rehabilitation rather than mere punishment. Real cases are heard by junior high and high school students.
What is the Peer Jury?
The Peer Jury is where trained jurors hear actual cases of youth-aged individuals who have committed simple/minor crimes and decide on a consequence. Under a controlled environment, the Jurors essentially take the place of a judge.
What are common crimes that the Jurors decide upon?
Some cases are, but are not limited to:
- Retail Theft (usually under $50)
- Criminal Damage to Property
- Disorderly Conduct
Who are the individuals that face consequences?
These are junior high to high school-aged (up to age 17) individuals who, instead of being seen by a judge, are brought in front of the Jury. At least one of their guardian(s) must be present and a police officer moderates the entire process.
How does the Jury decide on a consequence?
The Jury asks the individual a series of questions to find out more about the crime they committed and why they committed it in the first place. More importantly, the Jury finds out more about the actual individual and caters an appropriate consequence that not only holds them accountable but sets them up to be better contributors to society. Cases are held in the Village Board Room.
What are common consequences that the Jury gives?
Some consequences are, but are not limited to:
- Improvement on grades (proof via before/after grade printouts)
- Special curfews imposed on them
- Chores (proof of completion via guardian signature)
- Being a tutor
- Being tutored
- Community Service