Officers Undergo ‘Teen Brain’ Training To Improve Police-Youth Relations 05-29-18


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.

When officers take the training on some future date, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent development will discuss teen mental health issues and educate police about psychological factors, such as trauma, that play into police-youth interactions.

Officers will also learn how to address disproportionate policing among minorities and practice de-escalation tactics to avoid the use of force, police said. Young people will be present at the training to perform skits and engage in conversation with police.


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