Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Explore Effective Police Interventions with Children and Families

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Explore Effective Police Interventions with Children and Families

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City leaders are invited to register for a free, hour-long audioconference on opportunities for police officers to improve their safety and effectiveness on the job by working in new ways with children, teens, families and other organizations that serve children. The audioconference will be held on Thursday, February 24, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. "Connecting Cops and Kids:

Strategies to Improve Police Interventions with Children and Families" is sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) and the Fred Rogers Company, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

The audioconference will feature insights from a documentary video-based training program that these partners are making available nationwide beginning this spring.

To register for the audioconference or to apply for the training, visit www.nlc.org/iyef.

To learn more about the Connecting Cops & Kids training program, visit www.copskids.org.

Improving Officer Safety and Effectiveness

As police departments across the nation have embraced community-oriented policing strategies, a number of departments have focused on building trust with children and teens to both ensure officer safety and improve their effectiveness in enforcing the law.

Positive relationships with young people and their families can promote greater cooperation from a neighborhood's residents and facilitate better reporting of criminal activity. These relationships can also play a critical role in protecting officers' own security on the job.

As first responders, authority figures and role models, police officers also have an important influence on the lives of children and youth.

Officers can play vital prevention and intervention roles in helping youth who are in trouble and steering them away from risky behavior. …

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