"Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department"
On January 20, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:00PM EST, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, presented the webinar, “Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department.” Webinar panelists provided training guidance for police departments on parental arrest policies that safeguard children. Resources were shared that can be utilized for roll call training in police agencies nationwide.
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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents: An Overview (Training Key Part I)
Provides an overview of the problem, defines key terms, and outlines the legal obligations that govern the actions of officers when confronted with these situations.
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents: Coordination and Response (Training Key Part II)
Outlines recommended policies and procedures for law enforcement to mitigate trauma to children during the arrest of a parent, whether or not they are home at the time.
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Model Policy
IACP/BJA model policy and concepts and issues paper which discusses the wide range of challenges that law enforcement officers face surrounding the arrest of parents and the corresponding impact on children under their supervision. The resource identifies policies and procedures that law enforcement can implement to help mitigate the potential trauma to children during the arrest of a parent, whether or not they are present at the time. The word document of the Model Policy can be found here.
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Roll Call Training Video
This short video (16:42 minutes) introduces the IACP/BJA Model Policy to law enforcement agencies. It provides an introduction and overview of the issue, discusses the scope of the problem and the challenges for responding officers. It outlines implementation at the agency and officer levels and includes pre-arrest, arrest, booking, documentation and follow-up to ensure children of arrested parents are safeguarded. It includes interviews with law enforcement leaders, police officers, mental health practitioners, and children of arrested parents.
Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
Webinar Presenter Biographies
CAP Pre-arrest/Arrest Checklist
For more information, please contact Sabrina Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-THE-IACP ext. 831.
This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number #2010-DJ-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), 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.