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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

  • 11/21/2014 East Palo Alto Youth Court works to prevent students from entering juvenile justice system The East Palo Alto Youth Court is a community-centered courtroom establishing an alternative to keep juveniles out of court. It has a strong focus on its Alternative to Suspension program, which collaborated with local schools to intervene and prevent encounters with the system. A former participant of this programs mentioned that providing opportunities, as this youth court does, helps youth avoid negative activities.
  • 11/21/2014 Youth centers, better police-community relations among task force's recommendations The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence recommended that four areas of prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry be addressed among youth. Recommendations included an emphasis on early childhood education, development of youth community cultural centers, improvement of police officer training, and more.