The IACP and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ’s (OJJDP) Law Enforcement Responses to Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program presented two workshops on juvenile interview and interrogation in crimes against children cases at the recent 21st Annual Children’s Justice Conference in Seattle, Washington. The event, themed “Shining the Light on Children”, is the leading conference in the Northwestern U.S. focusing on child protection and maltreatment. Over 1400 law enforcement and corrections officers, social workers, prosecutors, and mental health professionals participated this year.
Detectives Grant Gildon and Corinthia Campbell from the Arlington, Texas Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit presented key components of IACP and OJJDP’s recommended juvenile interview and interrogation techniques for law enforcement. Strategies, techniques and cautions were discussed for analyzing juvenile behavior, developing rapport with juveniles, and conducting effective juvenile interviews and interrogations. The presentations were based on IACP and OJJDP’s two day law enforcement training, “Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques”, which has been delivered 28 times to 1,476 law enforcement from 690 jurisdictions in 37 states, Nigeria, and Germany. The next classroom training will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25-26, 2013. IACP is currently developing portions of this training to be delivered online and anticipates releasing this free, self-paced training later this year.
In October 2012, IACP released a publication titled Reducing Risks: An Executive’s Guide to Effective Juvenile Interview and Interrogation. This resource is targeted to law enforcement and includes recommended best practices, information on recent research and key cases affecting law enforcement, and sample documents departments can tweak for their own jurisdictions. Law enforcement professionals can request a free copy at www.theiacp.org/reducingrisks .