Juvenile Justice Leadership Institute

The IACP, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, have trained over 60 law enforcement leaders during two Law Enforcement Leadership Institutes on Juvenile Justice held in Seattle, Washington (2014) and New Haven, Connecticut (2015).  The Leadership Institute is a highly interactive, three-day training program for selected law enforcement executives from across the country.

For more information on the IACP-MacArthur Foundation Advancing Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Project, click here.

Applications are no longer being accepted at this time.  

Institute Agenda

To view a detailed draft agenda including descriptions of the content for each curriculum module, click here

The Leadership Institute offers participating law enforcement 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 young people and to develop agency-specific action plans to implement upon their return home.  The curriculum agenda includes:

Day One:

  • Making Juvenile Justice a Priority 
  • Adolescent Development & Implications for Law Enforcement 
  • Trauma & Children Exposed to Violence 


Day Two:

  • Building Trust with Young People
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • De-escalation
  • Law Enforcement & School Collaborations 


Day Three:

  • Diversion & Risk Assessment
  • Behavioral Health
  • Serious and Chronic Offenders
  • Where Do We Go from Here?


Institute Faculty

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  • Kevin J. Bethel   Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Bruno   Director, CTS Services LLC, Utah
  • Morris Copeland   Director, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, Florida
  • Adrian Diaz   Lieutenant, Seattle Police Department, Washington
  • Dean Esserman   Chief of Police, New Haven Police Department, Connecticut
  • Robert Haas   Commissioner, Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts
  • Steven Marans, PhD, MSW   Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence & Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut
  • Rhonda McKitten   Director of Juvenile Grants and Policy, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tracie Meidl   Lieutenant, Spokane Police Department, Washington
  • Bob Richardson   Chief of Police, Battle Ground Police Department, Washington
  • Honorable Steven C. Teske  Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia


Frequently Asked Questions

How will participants be selected?

The Leadership Institute is limited to 30 law enforcement executives, to assure that participants have the opportunity to work closely with institute faculty and to learn from one another.  Participation is by application only.  IACP will select applicants based on their expressed interest in implementing juvenile justice reforms in their agencies and communities, and we will seek broad representation from small, medium, and large agencies in rural, suburban, urban, and tribal communities nationwide.  No prior expertise with juvenile justice is required.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Leadership Institute is for law enforcement executives, first or second in command within their agency.

How much does it cost?
Participation is free, and the IACP will provide air travel, lodging, and breakfasts and lunches during training sessions for the participating executives.

What is the application process?

The application deadline was May 20th, 2014.   The application requests contact information, a brief description of the department and community, a review of agency practices and policies on juvenile crime, a description of the department and community, and three discussion questions. 

What will be expected of me as a participant in the Leadership Institute?

  • Before the Institute: once selected, each participant will be provided, and asked to complete, an agency self-assessment prior to attending the institute.  The self-assessment will serve as an integral part of the attendee’s participation during the institute.
  • During the Institute: participants are required to arrive the day before the Institute begins; attend and actively participate in all institute sessions; and depart the evening of the last day or the following day.
  • After the Institute: participants will be encouraged to begin implementation of at least one reform within their agency within one year of participation in the Institute.  Participants will report progress of implementing action plans developed at the Institute at 6 months, and one year intervals post-Institute attendance.

Will there be additional opportunities to participate in the Leadership Institute?

Future opportunities will be contingent on funding.

Applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

For additional information: contact Project Coordinator Ryan Daugirda at daugirdar@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 x851.