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SFY is often asked by legislators, reformers, communities, government agencies and parents questions like:
Strategies for Youth works to improve policy pertaining to police/youth interactions on the state and national level by conducting research to answer questions like these, weighing in on best practice for working with youth and creating model policies to guide law enforcement officers and agencies.
Law Enforcement Officers have become a pervasive presence in the lives of many youth. They are now routinely deployed in public schools and, as social and mental health services have been scaled back, they are frequently the “first social responders” in many disputes involving youth. Law enforcement officers interact with youth in a variety of deeply challenging situations and settings, but receive little training about adolescent psychology and behavior and little in the way of policy directives that would ensure use of developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, racially equitable best practices with youth.
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