POLICE AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT: SUPPORTING THE ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), and in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U. S. Department of Justice, has launched a new initiative to bring youth and law enforcement leaders together.  The initiative aims to: 

  • Improve law enforcement’s ability to identify and respond to children who have been exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and/or communities;
  • Improve law enforcement agencies’ response to justice-involved youth and at-risk youth;
  • Promote enhanced law enforcement collaboration on juvenile justice reform in communities; and
  • Demonstrate the efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of services (e.g. alternatives to detention, diversion for status offenders, and adoption of policies or standard operating procedures that support juvenile justice reform).

The goals of this initiative will be supported by the following activities:

  • Police and Youth Engagement Roundtable
  • National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice
  • Training and technical assistance tools and resources for law enforcement

 

Police and Youth Engagement Roundtable

On April 27th and 28th, 2016 the IACP, CJJ and OJJDP brought youth and law enforcement leaders together for a two-day roundtable to facilitate discussions on how to support, sustain, and expand positive youth and law enforcement engagement. The roundtable provided youth and law enforcement leaders with the opportunity to share their experiences and problem-solve solutions together. Key points and recommendations from the roundtable will help enhance the Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice.


National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice
The IACP, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, developed the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice in 2014. The Leadership Institute is a highly interactive, three-day training program for selected law enforcement executives from across the country. 

The Leadership Institute offers participating law enforcement executives the tools to improve their agencies’ response to children exposed to violence, at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.  Presentations, small group discussions, videos, and interactive exercises (including case studies and role plays) are designed to position participants to return as agents of change. The IACP trained over 60 law enforcement leaders during two initial Institutes held in Seattle, Washington (2014)  and New Haven, Connecticut (2015).

In 2016, to more effectively represent a central theme of building mutual trust and respect between youth and law enforcement, the institute underwent a name change to the Institute for Police-Youth Engagement. The IACP, in partnership with OJJDP and CJJ, trained 30 law enforcement leaders at the Institute for Police-Youth Engagement in Louisville, Kentucky in November 2016 and an additional 29 police executives in Charlotte, North Carolina in July 2017.

In 2018, the IACP, CJJ and OJJDP will be delivering one additional Institute for Police-Youth Engagement.

Resources

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
IACP’s Youth Focused Policing Website
Models for Change Supported by John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Contact

For more information, please contact Laura Renenger at renenger@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 ext. 274.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2015-MU-FX-K004 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.