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October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

New Tools and Resources Dear Friends: I don’t know about you, but I’ve been battered by the onslaught of bad news this fall: hurricanes, fires, shootings, political unrest. As an antidote to all the bad news, SFY is pleased to announce the release of new resources to

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August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

SFY Summer Interns Reflect on Summer Projects Dear Friends: Every summer, college and law students ask SFY for internships. This year, we put four college interns to work on topics ranging from developing best practices for policing girls and LGBTQ youth to the impacts of trauma on

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Archived Issues

Archived Issues

The newsletter archives contains copies of SFY newsletters from September 2011 – June 2017.

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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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