Advancing Juvenile Justice in Law Enforcement

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In 2011, the IACP and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation began a multi-year partnership to increase the leadership role of state and local law enforcement executives to effectively address systemic juvenile justice issues as well as improve local responses to juvenile offenders through a project titled Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice.

Through the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative, which seeks to create innovative and sustainable models for juvenile justice reform in the United States, the IACP is working to expand opportunities for law enforcement executives to build partnerships and advance innovative approaches to address juvenile offenders and at-risk youth in their communities.

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE
IACP is currently developing curriculum for a Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice, which will be launched in Seattle, Washington in September 2014.   The Leadership Institute will be a highly interactive, three-day training program for 30 law enforcement executives from across the country.  The Institute will offer these executives the tools to improve their agencies’ response to juvenile offenders and at-risk youth and to engage in effective collaboration on juvenile justice reform in their communities.  Participants will be introduced to cutting edge juvenile justice information and will work closely with Institute faculty to assess their agency’s current response to youth and to develop agency-specific action plans to implement upon their return home.

Click here to learn how to apply for the Leadership Institute.

NATIONAL POLICY SUMMIT
In September 2013, the IACP convened the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice. The two-day policy summit, held in the Washington, D.C. area, brought together a multidisciplinary group of 90 participants to develop actionable recommendations of practice and policies at the local, state and national levels to advance law enforcement's leadership role in addressing at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.  Participants included law enforcement executives and officers at various levels, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, youth, policymakers, researchers, mental health service providers, and a range of other juvenile justice stakeholders from across the country.  IACP is currently developing a report on the summit recommendations and deliberations.

NATIONWIDE SURVEY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES
IACP partnered with a professional research company to conduct a national survey of more than 900 law enforcement executives. The survey assessed the current state of attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding how law enforcement agencies deal with juvenile offenders and at-risk youth and collaborate with juvenile justice system partners.  IACP released the Executive Officer Survey Findings Report in September 2013 to serve as a resource for law enforcement and other juvenile justice system stakeholders, and to inform deliberations at the IACP National Summit and the curriculum of the Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice.

PROJECT BACKGROUND
IACP’s work on juvenile justice reform in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation has been informed by extensive research and dialogue with law enforcement leaders and other juvenile justice system stakeholders.  The project is guided by a multidisciplinary Advisory Group formed in 2011 to provide input on avenues for expanding the leadership role of law enforcement in juvenile justice system reform.  Our Advisors have continued to serve as resources for the development of our nationwide survey, policy summit, and leadership institute.   

The initial development of the project was also informed by three focus groups held in 2011 in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA.  The focus groups brought together a broad array of juvenile and criminal justice community members to discuss needs and opportunities for reforms within law enforcement agencies and more effective collaboration across the juvenile justice system.

Contact

For more information please contact Project Manager Kate Rhudy at rhudy@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 x827.  

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