Officer presenting during a training sessionPolicing the Teen Brain

Targeted to: Patrol Officers & Command Staff
Duration:  Approximately 14 hours

With a focus on day to day interactions and officer safety, this training provides officers with an intensive overview of how neurological changes occurring in teens’ brains explain many of their hard-to-police behaviors. Through interactive discussions with adolescent development experts and psychiatrists, and using films and community youth as “teaching assistants,” officers learn how to assert authority using alternative tactics to increase compliance from teens and de-escalate volatile situations. Officers receive training to recognize prevalent mental health issues among teens, and learn ice breakers for developing relationships with them. In addition, the training provides an overview of juvenile law for law enforcement, with a special emphasis on Miranda, interrogation practices, and use of detention.

Core Competencies:

  • Key Issues in Normative Child & Adolescent Development
  • Key Mental Health Issues for Youth
  • Impact of Trauma on Adolescent Development
  • Key Issues in Juvenile Delinquency Law
  • Strategies for Mitigating Demographic & Cultural Influences on Teens
  • Strategies for Asserting Authority Effectively with Juveniles
  • Strategies for Responding to Challenges of Authority & Allegations

Policing the Teen Brain in School

Targeted to:  School Resource Officers
Duration:  Approximately 21 hours

More and more police work in the nation’s public schools, but the patrol car beat and the school hallway may require different frames of mind and skill sets. This training teaches officers working in schools various methods of positive intervention, without recourse to arrest or use of restraints, and how to work with youth in special education classes. Through interactive lectures, scenario-based examples, and discussions with child and adolescent psychiatrists who are experts in learning disabilities, officers will learn how to identify the behavioral components of such disabilities, intervene successfully with such youth, and promote relationship development between law enforcement, students, and school administration.

Core Competencies:

  • Key Issues in Normative Child and Adolescent Development
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Key Issues in Special Education
  • Key Issues in School Law for Law Enforcement
  • Strategies for School Discipline & School-Based Juvenile Offending
  • Strategies for Developing & Maintaining Relationships with Youth in Schools