critical role that local law enforcement officers play in the defense
of children cannot be overstated.
Law enforcement officers have a critical responsibility in protecting
young people from violence and disorder. As first responders, they
deal with both victims and suspects in the epidemic of youth violence
that threatens our nation’s children.
It is also law enforcement who first responds to calls of neglect
and abuse. It is the responding officers who will determine whether
society’s resources are made available in a way that contributes
to breaking the generational cycle that is so often present in
these kinds of incidents. In effect, they are the gatekeepers between
the child and the societal support required to ensure the child’s
safety and long-term well being.
Law enforcement officers are often unaware of the powerful role
models that they provide to young people. This is especially true
in high crime neighborhoods. They provide a powerfully visible
alternative to the violence and fear that are all too often part
of the daily lives of children. Often law enforcement is the only
component of local government that young people, and their parents,
ever see. Officers should never lose sight of that fact. There
should be no more dead, broken or exploited children in this country!
There should never be any “throw-away” children in our society!
The truth or falsity of these noble statements will be determined
by local law enforcement working in partnership with the community
and other government agencies. The investment of time and resources
into the welfare of our children is an investment into the future
of this country."
Development Community Policing
The Child Development - Community Policing Program (CD-CP) is a
collaboration of law enforcement, the juvenile justice system,
mental health field, domestic violence, child welfare, schools,
medical, and various other community agencies. Launched in 1991,
a partnership of the City of New Haven, New Haven Department of
Police Service and the Yale Child Study Center. It has been replicated
in various communities and is a model for collaborative intervention,
which provides opportunities to develop effective ways of intervening
with children and families exposed to violence. The focus is from
the child’s perspective and experiences.
Exposed to Violence: A Handbook for Police Trainers to Increase
Understanding and Improve Community Responses, Centre for Children
and Families in the Justice System and National Center for Children
Exposed to Violence (2002)
This train-the-trainer manual addresses topics such as understanding
the needs of children, risk reduction and safety planning, and
dual arrest. It features case examples, "at-a- glance" information,
community resources, answers to frequently asked questions and
Cops, Kids and Domestic Violence: Protecting Our
Future (Video and Print Packet) – National Child Traumatic
Stress Network (2006)
This 20-minute training is intended for individual or group settings
for law enforcement officers who come into contact with children
while on the scene of a domestic violence call. The video is supplemented
by a written overview with background and procedural information.
for Preventing and Responding to School Violence, International
Association of Chiefs of Police (2009)
This guide addresses both prevention and intervention from a systemic
view, clarifying the roles of the school, the community, families,
law enforcement and the justice system and how these groups can
work together effectively to respond to the problem of school violence.
Topics include threat assessment, crisis planning during and after
a crisis, legal issues, and working with the media.
Oriented Policing: Topics, Youth Safety
Resources and publications available about collaborative and innovative
policing, one major topic is youth safety that includes child abuse
and neglect, bullying, and exposure to community and family violence.
Every year, millions of children and adolescents in the United
States are impacted by violence, neglect and abuse in their homes,
schools, and communities. Police can and do play an important role
in protecting youth from violence and other risks, and in preventing
youth from engaging in acts of crime and disorder.
Western Community Policing Institute
The Western Community Policing Institute (WCPI) is working to address
the need to build and enhance youth-police partnerships in tribal
agencies. WCPI has develop a 36-hour Tribal Youth Partnerships
for Public Safety training course and providing both train-the-trainer
and standard deliveries of the training in tribal communities.
WCPI is also addressing the need to build and enhance executive
leadership in tribal agencies.
As Director of the Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services (COPS), Bernard Melekian leads an organization
responsible for working closely with the nation’s state,
local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to enhance the safety
of communities by advancing community policing. Director Melekian
is committed to using COPS Office programs and resources to help
law enforcement build relationships and solve problems, which he
views as the cornerstone of effective community policing. Mr. Melekian
was the Police Chief for the City of Pasadena, California for more
than 13 years before assuming leadership of the COPS Office. He
also served with the Santa Monica Police Department for 23 years
where he was awarded the Medal of Valor in 1978 and the Medal of
Courage in 1980.