Recognize that Law Enforcement Need Training in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Petitioned Melodee Hanes, Acting Administrator

This petition was delivered to:

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Melodee Hanes, Acting Administrator
Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice
Director Bernard K. Melekian

Recognize that Law Enforcement Need Training in Child and Adolescent Development

    1. Strategies for Youth Inc.
    2. Petition by

      Strategies for Youth Inc.

      Cambridge, MA

Today over 1/6 of the American population is under the age of 19 and over 2,000,000 juveniles are arrested annually. Just as teachers, social workers, and doctors must be aware of the special needs of children in their care, police must possess basic developmental competence and awareness of the best practices for working with children and youth in order to better serve our communities.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michelle Brooks BOSTON, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Youth need better rights and laws that do not treat them like common criminals

    • Dave Harris BROOKLINE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Developmental awareness is critical, in my mind, for any person working in any capacity of social work, be it schooling, medicine, and certainly law. This seems to me to be good common sense.

    • Donald Erdbrink EXETER, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      Police need to understand the youth they are charged with protecting

    • Mary McCarty Durickas ARLINGTON, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      All youth are important to me. There are far too many youngsters in the criminal justice system. I see them in prison, as a volunteer. YOUNG is what stands out in my mind. This is not the way it should be. Police behavior and reports make a difference in how things go for the young person.

    • Laura Coughlin PEMBROKE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I don't think that police officers today understand the adolescents that they have to deal with, and I believe that they would be able to do their jobs more effectively if they did.


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