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Youth Focused Policing: Agency Self-Assessment Tool

NCJ Number
248825
Date Published
Author(s)
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Agencies
OJJDP-Sponsored
Annotation
After discussing the importance of and potential impact of police interaction with youth in the course of their critical adolescent development, this publication presents a law enforcement agency self-assessment tool developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which guides an agency through a self-assessment of its policies and procedures regarding officers’ interactions with and decisionmaking regarding the management of youths’ problem and delinquent behaviors.
Abstract
The self-assessment tool guides agency executives through an assessment of an agency’s policies and practices regarding police interactions with youth. The following 13 areas of organizational practices are examined: mission, vision, values statements; youth-specific policies and procedures; agency organization; personnel assigned to juvenile functions; juvenile information collection; juvenile crime analysis; access to youth-focused information databases; juvenile crime information sharing; partnerships and collaborations; best practices or evidence-based programs; police-operated programs, practices, and intervention activities; police involvement in juvenile diversion programs; and training. Agency responses in this self-assessment are intended for use in shaping departmental policymaking and programs designed to reduce juvenile offending, reoffending, and victimization. An Action Plan Template is included in this report.
Date Created: December 2, 2015