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Police and Teenagers: What We Need To Know About Each Other

Captain Nick Frances (Apple Valley, MN, police department) recently co-wrote an article for the Journal of School Safety with Grace Richarda, a local high school teen. The article offers advice, from both perspectives, about how to better understand and communicate with each other. We live in a

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Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative: A Community-based Approach To SROs

The fall issue of School Safety, a NASRO publication, features an article by John Rosiak about how the Cambridge (MA) Police Department is effectively diverting youth from the justice system through an innovative program called Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative. The Safety Net Collaborative brings together SROs, community

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Youth + Sports + Dedicated Police Officer = T.U.F.F. “The Ultimate Family Foundation”

Youth + Sports + Dedicated Police Officer = T.U.F.F. “The Ultimate Family Foundation”

Virginia Beach, Virginia is known for its beautiful beaches and boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean. And, like many American cities, it is filled with children living in poverty and violence. It is also home to a remarkable community program for youth at-risk created by a Master Police

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Kids, Cops & Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room

In Indianapolis, a teenager was asked to explain his rights to an arresting officer. “I know my rights. I have the right to say whatever I want,” he replied. This misinterpretation of Miranda rights is not uncommon. According to Dr. Barry Feld,“Many juveniles – especially those 15

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Counting Kids: The Value of Data Collection for Policing Youth Effectively

Data, Data, Data! “If law enforcement expect the public to not only understand but support our efforts,” said Sergeant David Schwob of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, “the more information we give out, the more they will understand and support what we do.” For the past five years,

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Think About It First! Cards

Although we’d like to, Strategies for Youth can’t take full credit for our Think About It First! cards, pocket-sized tools that warn about the collateral consequences of arrest and involvement in the juvenile justice system. The original idea belongs to Sergeant Kenneth Green of the MBTA Transit Police in

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The SFPD Says “It Gets Better”

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has a message for the city’s bullied youth, “I can tell you, it gets better. Everybody has had their moments where they didn’t think it would get better and it did.” With bullying – especially of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

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Milwaukee P.D.’s STOP Program Is a Good Start

  What is one thing most urban youth have in common? – A general dislike and mistrust of law enforcement. A dislike and mistrust that can have dangerous, far-reaching consequences. That is why a program like STOP, an innovative approach being tested in Milwaukee, is so important.

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Leap of Faith: Leveraging Teen Mediation

Give kids control to mediate an unarmed robbery? “I thought, are you crazy? Isn’t that what got them into trouble in the first place?” Then Det. Vanessa Cruz of the MBTA Transit Police Department was told that she would have to leave the room during the mediation

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Youth of Promise Mentoring: Powerful Support for Struggling Tweens & Teens

What do you do with failing, out-of-control 11-14 year olds headed for the juvenile justice system? You pair them up with police officers and fire fighters – for mentoring. Carmen and Sharise are typical 8th grade students. Currently attending their final year at Washington Middle School in

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