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Youth Focused Policing (YFP) is a proactive intervention strategy to enable police to intervene with youth to reduce crime, victimization, long-term health and criminal justice costs and prolonged involvement in the criminal justice system.

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In The News

  • 12/29/2014 At-risk students get a second chance At-risk youth in Anaheim, California have been granted a second chance to avoid the juvenile justice system. The diversion program is designed to give those youth who have committed first-time offenses a chance to change their behavior. This allows the youth to avoid formal documentation of the incident and be able to move passed this period without any further consequences. Police officers have discretion of whether the youth should be referred and is typically determined by factors such as disciplinary history, natural of the incident and crime committed.
  • 12/29/2014 State reports youth arrests are down Florida is seeing the lowest juvenile arrest rates in thirty years. In Escambia County, there has been a twenty-one percent reduction from the previous year and a thirty-seven percent drop in the past five years. The Department of Juvenile Justice attributes this drop to the intense reform initiative of “Roadmap to System Excellence”. This initiative allocates resources to various police departments to build the most efficient programs, services and treatments.