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Remember that debate about school resource officers a couple of months ago? Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemiester does, and as a result, both school resource officers and school administrators are getting more training. “We want to ensure administrators and our SROs have a consistent message about the role of SROs,” Bliemiester said. “This is all part of an ongoing evolution to provide our officers and the administrators with what we believe is the most important roles the SROs will serve.”
Over the past week, a Facebook video went viral, showing an El Paso police officer drawing his gun on a group of Latino kids outside a community center and handcuffing the person taking the video. The video has drawn outrage — and rightly so — as an illustration of the urgent need for robust police policies and training emphasizing de-escalation and how to interact with youth.
Seven teens loitered in a San Francisco park, and before long two police officers shuffled over and started grilling them. “Get over here,” a female officer yelled. “Sit your ass down.” Five of the kids stared at the officer with wide eyes and promptly planted themselves on the ground. Two others crossed their arms and ignored the officer’s commands. Suddenly, the officer burst out laughing and hugged the flustered kids. “Sorry,” she said, “sorry!” This was the first role playing exercise of the day.
San Francisco police are attending a “Policing the Teen Brain” train-the-trainer session this week to prepare to train officers on improving their interactions with the city’s youth.
Lisa Thurau was a guest on the Kansas City, MO “Central Standard” show with host Michele Tyrene-Johnson, talking about profiling by proxy. For people of color and other minority groups being wrongfully reported to the police can be a real concern. “The Dangers of Profiling by Proxy.” is Segment 2 which begins at timecode 22:38.
Fourteen Wayne County law enforcement officers last week completed two days of Policing the Teen Brain training.
Teenagers are indeed different from adults. They think differently. Their emotions drive them differently. They act differently.
“Systems change approaches” have become a mantra of the social sector. Communities feel the frustration with being “resource-rich and coordination-poor.” But what does taking a systems approach look like in action? How can communities move beyond programs to influence attitudes and beliefs, improve coordination, and change policy? (Strategies for Youth’s Policing The Teen Brain in School training is mentioned under Lesson 30