Enhancing Law Enforcement Response

With the support of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the IACP launched the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence project in October 2012. This project focuses on increasing the understanding of children exposed to violence (CEV) among law enforcement leaders and officers. In partnership with the Yale University Child Study Center, IACP will provide law enforcement professionals with resources and tools to effectively identify and respond to violent events involving children. IACP and the Yale Child Study Center will achieve these goals by:

  • Building on existing materials and resources recognized as best practices in law enforcement response to CEV to create a series of tools and resources that can equip law enforcement agency operations, activities, policies and procedures to meaningfully address CEV; and

  • Refining existing models of training for law enforcement professionals to offer resources, training, and technical assistance related to law enforcement responses to CEV.

IACP will offer no-cost training and technical assistance to local, state, federal and international law enforcement and community partners who are engaged in efforts to enhance their agency’s response to CEV.

Upcoming tools and resources for law enforcement on recognizing and responding to CEV include:

  • Responding to Children Exposed to Violence Self-Assessment Tool
  • Model Training Curriculum
  • Protecting and Serving: Law Enforcement Response to Childhood Trauma Classroom Training
  • E-Learning Online Training
  • Roll Call Videos
  • IACP Training Key
  • Publication, “Law Enforcement’s Role in Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Protecting Children”
  • CEV Model Policy
  • CEV Pocket Guide for Patrol Officers

For more information on best practices from the field and what IACP is doing to provide your agency with tools to combat the CEV epidemic, visit our Resource Library, Program Directory, and Training and Technical Assistance page. Questions? Email us at cev@theiacp.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP x 802.