Assessment of Police/Youth Relations

Assessment of a Department’s police/youth relations is conducted to ascertain the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth and improvement of police/youth interactions, reduction of disproportionate minority contact, and violence prevention.

Elements of an Assessment include interviewing and surveying command staff officers, youth, and community leaders. The assessment collects crime statistics for teens, deployment of officers, and departmental distribution of resources for working with youth, as well as partnerships with youth-serving,community-based organizations. Each assessment includes review of departmental regulations to ensure they are updated and consonant with nationwide standards as set forth by CALEA and the IACP, and other sources of best practices.

Assessment Methods for Police Department include:

  • Individual and group interviews of officers and command staff
  • Review of departments’ standard operating procedures
  • Review of arrest data for youth
  • Analysis of deployment approaches

Assessment of Youth and Community Leaders include:

  • Youth survey (through schools)
  • Individual and group interviews of youth
  • Demographics of youth (poverty level, race, drug use, immigration, education)
  • Youth services and resources inventory

Results of Assessment are prepared as a report submitted solely to the Police Chief or the funding authority to be distributed as the Chief directs.