First Advisor

Charles A. Tracy

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Administration (MSA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice




Portland Public Schools (Or.). Division of Special Investigation -- History, Public schools -- Security measures -- Oregon -- Portland, Juvenile delinquency -- Oregon -- Portland -- History



Physical Description

1 online resource (98 p.)


This thesis traces the historical evolution of one of the early responses to youth crime and violence -- public school police. In addition, this thesis addresses the lack of information about the creation and implementation of a public school police force, specifically the Portland Public School Police and School District No. 1, during its formative years, 1937 to 1953. Finally, the thesis intends to address two principal questions: A) Why did the Portland Board of Education find it necessary to create their own police agency? While one opinion suggests that there was a real need for school police due to the escalating crime raking place within the school district, the other opinion suggests that the school police were created mostly for underlying political reasons rather than general public safety. B) What were the principal functions of the School Police? The initial function of the Portland Public School Police was to protect school property and reduce the monetary loss incurred by the school district. However, after 1941, when large number; of immigrants came to Portland with their school-age children, the Portland Public School Police expanded their function from property protection and reduction of monetary loss to include crime repression and protection.


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