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Strategies for Youth, Connecting Cops & Kids
  • Stephen A. Landsman, Esq., Chair
  • Peter Alvarez, Esq., Clerk
  • Kevin Bethel
    Former Commsr, Philadelphia PD
  • Robert W. Clark
    Former FBI Agent in Charge
  • Robert C. Haas
    Former Commsr, Cambridge PD
  • Kyong Kim, Esq.
  • Ian Lanoff, Esq.
  • Deborah Lashley, Esq.
  • Susan Lowe, CPA Treasurer
  • Gary J. Simson, Esq.
  • Lisa H. Thurau, Esq.,
    Executive Director
  • Dr. Yamanda Wright


Kim Tandy
Executive Director & Founder Children's Law Center, Inc.

Dr. Lee P. Brown
Brown Consulting Group

Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Eval. Ctr, John Jay College, CUNY

Jaunae Hanger, Esq. 
Waples & Hanger

Judge Paul Lawrence
Gofftown, New Hampshire District Court

Chief William Pittman
Nantucket Police Department

Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer
University of Chicago

Judge Steven C. Teske
Clayton County Juvenile Court
Dear Friends,
We are kicked off 2017 with trainings … SFY has been training school police in Santa Ana, California, patrol officers in Allen, Elkhart, Lagrange, Lake, Madison and St. Joseph counties in indiana, and we are planning for training patrol officers in Baltimore, Maryland.

The demand for SFY’s Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game has surged. We are developing games for jurisdictions across the country. Since the beginning of the year, we have implemented games and trained game leaders at the McElderry Park Youth Council in Baltimore, and in Solano County, California. Check out SFY’s Facebook page for pictures of some of the participants and training in action!

New Policy Engagement Section On Website!

This newsletter is dedicated to some of SFY’s policy initiatives regarding police in schools.

Check out the new Policy Engagement section on our website. These pages track SFY’s work in the development of law enforcement policies for treatment of youth and report on gaps we have identified in state and national policies. Policy work is a key factor in improving outcomes of police/youth interactions.

Parent's Checklist For Understanding SROs

We're also excited to announce the release of SFY Parent’s Checklist for Understanding SROs in Your Children’s Schools. The checklist is free and easily downloadable. The goal of the checklist is to alert parents to key factors and issues that may arise with law enforcement in their children’s schools. Topics we cover include:
  • Who pays for the School Resource Officer (SRO)? 
  • How is your SRO recruited? Evaluated? Trained?
  • What use of force is permitted? Does this include tasers?
  • How are arrests tracked?
We invite you to tell us what you think of these materials, how they could be improved, and where more information and policy support is needed! 
Thank you,

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director

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