Organize Police-Youth Dialogues with This Online Toolkit

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In May, we shared five tips for spearheading police-teen dialogues based on growing efforts to help young people and police officers communicate. Recently, the New York-based Center for Court Innovation released an online toolkit walking readers through the steps to starting a community conversation, namely:

  • Planning the dialogue
  • Setting the agenda
  • Working with youth
  • Partnering with police
  • Facilitating the dialogue
  • Following-up

Young people’s perspectives are included throughout the guide to help readers plan events that meet youth needs. A section on logistics, for example, includes a list of incentives youth said would motivate them to participate, including free food, school credits, and tickets to movies or sporting events.

Created with support from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the toolkit also addresses common challenges to partnering with police. Those obstacles include concerns about power, race, and a shortage of research connecting police-youth dialogues to specific outcomes.

To help readers connect with additional resources, the Center for Court Innovation includes contact information for six organizations running their own established dialogues. Readers may reach out to those agencies directly for information, using the email addresses and phone numbers provided.

Read the “Guide for Improving Relationships and Public Safety through Engagement and Conversation: Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit.”

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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