SFY believes that training is necessary but not sufficient. Polices that guide law enforcement officer’s choices and use of discretion and make explicit what expectations their agency holds them to are key to effective policing of youth. Making such policies public also promotes community policing approaches, even as it informs the community of the agency’s anticipated approaches.
SFY has set forth a list of key policy topics in its report, Where’s the State?
Additionally, we are also providing access to our 5-part comprehensive model policy, originally developed with a group of 25 of Cleveland’s community stakeholders and 15 national experts in 2016.
Over the last several years, the US Department of Justice has engaged in development of consent decrees with specific orders regarding use of force with youth. Where available, SFY will make those policies available here for agencies’ consideration as they develop their own policies.