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Can Police Training Help Align Law Enforcement and HIV Prevention? Preliminary Evidence from the Field


Leo Beletsky


Northeastern University - School of Law; Northeastern University - Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Alpna Agrawal


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruce Moreau


Pawtucket Police Department

Pratima Kumar


Brown University

Nomi Weiss-Laxer


Brown University

Robert Heimer


Yale University - School of Public Health

May 1, 2010

American Journal of Public Health, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Having identified gaps in implementation of Rhode Island’s syringe access law and police occupational safety education, public health and police professionals developed police training to boost legal knowledge, improve syringe access attitudes, and address needle-stick injures (NSI). Baseline data (94 officers) confirm anxiety about NSI, poor legal knowledge, and occupational risk over-estimation. Pre-training, respondents opined that syringe access promotes drug use (51%), increases likelihood of police NSI (58%) and fails to reduce epidemics (38%). Evaluation suggests significant shifts in legal and occupational safety knowledge; changes in attitudes towards syringe access were promising. Training bundling occupational safety with syringe access content can help align law enforcement with public health goals. Additional research is needed to assess street-level impact and to inform tailoring.

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Date posted: August 20, 2011  

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Beletsky, Leo and agrawal, alpna and Moreau, Bruce and Kumar, Pratima and Weiss-Laxer, Nomi and Heimer, Robert, Can Police Training Help Align Law Enforcement and HIV Prevention? Preliminary Evidence from the Field (May 1, 2010). American Journal of Public Health, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1912504

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Leo Beletsky (Contact Author)
Northeastern University - School of Law; Northeastern University - Bouvé College of Health Sciences ( email )
400 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States
617-373-5540 (Phone)
Alpna Agrawal
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Bruce Moreau
Pawtucket Police Department ( email )
121 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
United States
Pratima Kumar
Brown University ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
Nomi Weiss-Laxer
Brown University ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
Robert Heimer
Yale University - School of Public Health ( email )
PO Box 208034
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
United States
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