Archive for the Diversion Category

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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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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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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Changing the Playbook for Police in Schools

Something had to give. The courts were paralyzed by the influx of youth arrested in the schools. The police could not keep up with the paperwork demands of all the arrests, much less the court time or the time out of the schools. Youth were dropping out

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