Conference Spotlight: IACP’s Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Initiatives

October is National Youth Justice Month and the IACP is ramping up for a variety of activities focusing on juvenile justice and child protection at the 120th IACP Annual Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, October 19th, the IACP‘s Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee will hold their Annual Meeting. This Committee will develop a mission, goals, focus areas and activities for the upcoming year regarding juvenile justice and child protection.

On Saturday, October 19th, the IACP will host a workshop titled From Survey Results to Action:  “Smart on Crime” Juvenile Justice Strategies from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in room 203AB.  In 2013, the IACP surveyed nearly 1,000 law enforcement leaders on juvenile justice revealing both promising practices and obstacles to effective response to juvenile offenders. The workshop panelists will discuss strategies to overcome challenges via collaboration, risk assessment, and data-driven decision making.

On Sunday, October 20th, the IACP will hold a workshop titled, Yes, in Your Hometown: Combating Child Sex Trafficking in Your Community, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Plenary Room 114. This workshop will focus on child sex trafficking and how it manifests itself in local communities across the United States, highlighting resources available to local and state law enforcement agencies.

Also on Sunday, October 20th, at 3:00 pm, you can attend the Meet the IACP Speakers Series at IACP’s Programs and Services Booth, #2425, in the Exhibition Hall. This one-hour session will focus on new (and free!) IACP resources related to juvenile justice and child protection. Topics include law enforcement performance tools for youth programs, online school safety training, and a youth focused policing organizational assessment tool.

On Monday, October 21st, the IACP will host a workshop titled A Chief’s Legacy: Creating a State-of-the-Art Response to Children Exposed to Violence, from 8:00 am – 9:30 am in room 120ABC. This workshop will present police executives tools to evaluate their agency’s current approach to responding to children exposed to violence and effective intervention strategies that can be implemented within each department.

For more information on any of these events, contact IACP’s Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Team at

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