As summer begins, we are leading a campaign to raise the profile of youth-focused approaches to policing. Across the county, SFY is training officers and educating youth about how to interact with peers and police.
SFY Brings Police Training and JJJ to Cleveland
Thanks to the leadership of Chief Calvin Williams
and the efforts of Mike Walker at the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland,
SFY was invited over 18 months ago to work with the Cleveland Division of Police. On June 8-12, SFY trained Cleveland law enforcement personnel on how to conduct Policing the Teen Brain
train-the-trainer training and how to act as game leaders in the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy (JJJ)
game. As a result, 160 other Cleveland officers will receive youth-focused training from their peers this summer.
SFY’s presence in Cleveland received significant press. Check out these two stories: WKCY's New Police Training Targets Youth In Cleveland
and WOIO's Cleveland Police Trained On Dealing With Teens.
Most importantly, the officers enthusiastically welcomed the training. One officer wrote, “Thank you for taking the time to educate the officers and myself with this valuable juvenile information that is long overdue in our department.”
In the Presence of Children Campaign Spreads
There is growing awareness among law enforcement leaders of the impact of trauma and the value of trauma-informed approaches. Thanks to the work of advocates like the San Francisco Coalition on Incarcerated Parents Project (SFCIPP)
, law enforcement agencies are urged to adopt new policies and practices when arresting parents and caretakers in the presence of children.
SFY has developed materials, policies and training
for law enforcement agencies to help mitigate the trauma of arrest. Last week, the Diagnostic Center of the U.S. Department of Justice
published SFY’s report on, First Do No Harm,
which was highlighted in Youth Today.
Am I Free to Go?
This question is often something adults know to ask when stopped by law enforcement. For youth, deciding whether to ask this question and when to walk away from an officer is not so clear. They are understandably anxiety-producing decisions. In the 2011 case of J.D.B. v. North Carolina
the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to clarify how law enforcement and judges should factor in age and developmental considerations when considering these legal questions.
Both juvenile courts and law enforcement policies and practices reflect a remarkable array of interpretations of this issue. Expanding on this topic, Lisa Thurau, with former SFY law student intern Sia Henry, contributed a chapter to A New Juvenile Justice System: Total Reform for a Broken System,
a newly published book from New York University Press.
Curious about how much SFY has grown? Check out our first annual report
. And please support us
to grow more. There is much work to be done across the country.