IACP welcomes Robert Listenbee, Jr. who was appointed by President Obama, as the new Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Listenbee has demonstrated experience and working knowledge of the practices and challenges facing law enforcement relating to children and youth.
Over the last eight years, while serving as Chief of the Juvenile Unit for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Mr. Listenbee worked closely with IACP/OJJDP’s Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Youth Project, developing and delivering training resources for law enforcement to improve professional policies and practices that reduce juvenile crime, delinquency and victimization. He has been central to IACP’s efforts in promoting better practices and policies that reduce the possibility of wrongful convictions of youth, false confessions, inadmissible evidence, and agency and officer liability. In 2006, Mr. Listenbee broke new ground as a juvenile public defender by joining the law enforcement team for IACP which trained law enforcement practitioners nationwide on effective juvenile interview and interrogation techniques.
In 2011, Mr. Listenbee joined the advisory group for IACP’s Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice, a partnership with the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative. While serving on the advisory group, Mr. Listenbee has provided valuable guidance informing the IACP/MacArthur initiative, which seeks to increase the leadership role of state and local law enforcement executives to effectively address systemic juvenile justice issues as well as improve local responses to youthful offenders.
IACP welcomes Mr. Listenbee’s exceptional leadership and collaborative skills, his knowledge of law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice systems and his dedication to preventing and responding to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
Read more about Mr. Listenbee’s appointment in the DOJ and White House announcements.