IACP and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

IACP and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Host National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice

Alexandria, VA – On September 25-26, 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, hosted the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice. The summit built on a two-year collaboration between the IACP and the MacArthur Foundation to expand law enforcement's leadership role in the advancement of promising practices in juvenile justice.

The day-and-a-half summit took place in Crystal City, VA, and brought together 85 pre-selected invitees from law enforcement and a broad range of other juvenile justice stakeholders. The summit coincided with the release of the findings from an IACP survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement executives on juvenile justice. The primary goal of the summit was 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.

"During the summit we identified several opportunities and solutions for law enforcement to work hand-in-hand with other juvenile justice system stakeholders to develop partnerships that advance public safety and improve outcomes for youth and communities," said IACP President Craig T. Steckler. "I strongly believe that only with a collaborative approach to examining the various factors and decision points across the entire justice continuum can we effectively address juvenile justice issues in our communities."

"We have learned through decades of work in juvenile justice reform the value and necessity of bringing together organizations across the field to make improvements that keep communities safe and enhance outcomes for youth," said Laurie Garduque, Director of Justice Reform for the MacArthur Foundation. "Teams must be built, and law enforcement leaders are a critical part of strong multi-agency partnerships that can yield results. We are thrilled to have the IACP as a partner in this effort."

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee also attended the summit. Administrator Listenbee recounted his own experience as a juvenile defense attorney in Philadelphia. "I can't tell you how valuable it was for me to engage with law enforcement leaders, learn about their unique perspectives, and gain their support for juvenile justice system improvement." Administrator Listenbee urged summit participants to work closely to design model partnerships that IACP, MacArthur and OJJDP could promote nationally.

The summit will result in a set of recommendations to advance law enforcement's leadership role in addressing all aspects of the juvenile system. We anticipate the release of these recommendations in a comprehensive report in the winter of 2014.

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