Policing Youth Policy Briefs: Opportunities for Positive Police-Youth Interaction
The Police Foundation, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, produced a series of youth-focused policy briefs to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to help improve outcomes for youth and public safety.
Line level personnel from both police and sheriff’s agencies more often than not, respond to sensitive situations, such as domestic family disputes, and in some jurisdictions are called on by the school to respond to incidents on campus. With the national debate surrounding the role of law enforcement in communities and more specifically in schools, it is important to provide law enforcement leaders and line level personnel with resources focused on helping to define the role of officers, identify best practices for youth police engagement, and educate law enforcement about the science of youth development and working with young adults, with the overall goal of enhancing trust and cooperation between police, youth, and their families.
The four policy brief series is designed for California law enforcement executives but is applicable to law enforcement nationwide. Law enforcement executives from across the country can use these briefs to inform their strategies and to best define the role of their officers in schools and communities. The first brief is an introduction that challenges law enforcement executives to develop a vision for positive police-youth interactions.
Topics of the remaining policy briefs include:
- Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth
- Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers
- The Career Pipeline Concept
For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page or contact:
Director of Programs