When a young person gets in trouble with the law, police are generally their first point of contact with the juvenile justice system. Very often law enforcement officials are also the first to encounter at-risk youth and their families – long before any crime is committed that might lead to a young person’s arrest. And yet all too often, law enforcement leaders have been absent from juvenile justice reform efforts, sometimes because they have not seen their agencies as part of the juvenile justice system, and at least as often because other system stakeholders have not embraced their involvement.
That is why the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is hosting the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice. The summit builds on a two-year collaboration between the IACP and the MacArthur Foundation to expand law enforcement’s leadership role in the advancement of promising practices in juvenile justice. The summit also coincides with the release of findings from an IACP survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement executives on juvenile justice.
The day-and-a-half summit is taking place in Crystal City, VA, on September 25-26 and is being attended by 85 pre-selected invitees from law enforcement and a broad range of other juvenile justice stakeholders. The primary goal of the summit is to develop actionable recommendations of practice and policies at the local, state and national levels to advance law enforcement’s leadership role in addressing at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.
The IACP is tweeting live from the event and using #iacpjjsummit. In addition, we will be issuing formal guidance and recommendations in the winter of 2014.