Juvenile Justice Training and Technical Assistance

IACP’s Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program, funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, is designed to strengthen law enforcement’s capacity to reduce juvenile delinquency, crime, and victimization through training and technical assistance in several topic areas related to police interactions with youth. IACP has been providing no-cost juvenile justice training and technical assistance to law enforcement and allied juvenile justice professionals since 2000. Find out more now by watching a short video on the program.

Agencies interested in co-hosting a training course in their jurisdiction can complete and submit a co-host application via e-mail to juvenilejustice@theiacp.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP x 831.

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Classroom Training

Law Enforcement Responses to Adolescent Girls

This two-day classroom training is designed to equip law enforcement with effective responses to situations that involve contact with girls aged 12-17 who may be suspects, offenders, witnesses, or victims. Through lecture, interactive discussions and exercises, law enforcement officers will learn strategies they can use to increase positive interactions with, and decrease the probability of arrest or incarceration of adolescent girls who may be at-risk or involved in delinquent behavior.

Read more on the Law Enforcement Responses to Adolescent Girls course.

Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques

This two-day classroom training is designed to introduce, refine, or improve basic criminal investigative skills, tactics, and procedures for effectively interviewing and interrogating youth. Participants will use highly interactive exercises to analyze behavior, develop rapport, and understand adolescent behavior.

Read more on the Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques course.

Partnerships for Safe Schools

This two-day classroom training introduces principles of school safety, presents model school safety programs, and demonstrates critical incident management techniques. This workshop is intended for multi-agency school safety teams representing law enforcement, schools, and other juvenile justice stakeholder agencies. Participants will receive knowledge on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a crisis and will develop or evaluate their school safety plans.

Read more on the Partnerships for Safe Schools course.

Reclaiming Our Youth Through Tribal Collaboration

This two-and-a-half day classroom workshop assists tribal law enforcement in identifying high-risk juvenile offenses specific to their nations. Participants will develop action plans they can implement to effectively address priority juvenile justice problems with particular emphasis on alcohol, drug use, and juvenile crime. Community and juvenile justice stakeholders are critical to the action plan development process. This course requires the submission of an application and a commitment on behalf of tribal leadership.

Read more on the Reclaiming Our Youth Through Tribal Collaboration course.

Download an application for the Reclaiming Our Youth Through Tribal Collaboration course.


Online Training

Safe Schools Online Training Series

These four e-trainings include instruction on: “Forming Your Safe School Planning Team,” “Assessing School Safety,” “Preparing for a School Crisis,” and “Responding to a School Crisis.” The series is designed to provide guidance for creating or enhancing school safety and crisis response plans and targeted to law enforcement, school officials, and allied stakeholders tasked with ensuring school safety.

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Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques Online Training Series

This introductory-level series is designed to teach participants fundamental investigative skills, tactics, and procedures that result in effective juvenile interviews and interrogations, and are targeted to law enforcement who interview and/or interrogate youth. The four courses, “Introduction to Analyzing Juvenile Behavior,” “Introduction to Developing Rapport with Youth,” “Introduction to Juvenile Interviewing Techniques,” and “Introduction to Juvenile Interrogation Techniques,” are self-paced and available at no cost.

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Intermediate Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques

This intermediate-level series is designed to teach participants best practices and procedures in juvenile interview and interrogation, age-appropriate methods for interacting with youth, tips for interviewing/interrogating diverse youth populations, and strategies to ensure true and admissible youth confessions. The training builds on the material provided by IACP/OJJDP’s Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques classroom course and online training series, and completion of either version of the introductory-level course is a prerequisite for registration for the intermediate-level course. The course is self-paced and available at no cost.

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Webinars

Effective Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement

On January 23, 2014, the IACP, with support from OJJDP and OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), held a webinar intended to educate law enforcement and juvenile justice practitioners on youth diversion programs and strategies. It included a panel composed of a police chief, county prosecutor, and division director of juvenile services, who discussed development of their youth diversion programs, program successes, and challenges faced during implementation. A discussion of lessons learned was included to assist law enforcement agencies who are considering starting or improving a youth diversion program.

View the archived webinar and handouts here.

Threat Assessment Strategies for Schools and Higher Education

On September 23, 2014, the IACP, with support from OJJDP and OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), held a webinar on threat assessment and management in K-12 schools and college campuses. It included presentations from two experienced school safety officials, who discussed the process of threat assessment and management, policies and procedures for investigating threats, and best practices in threat assessment. A discussion of key elements of the threat assessment process was provided to assist law enforcement and school officials in developing and implementing effective threat prevention and intervention programs in their jurisdiction.

View the archived webinar and handouts here.

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Promising Practice Briefs

This series of periodic briefs provides information and examples of programs and practices successfully implemented to address pertinent juvenile justice issues. Topics include:

Needs Assessments

In 2011, the IACP conducted a juvenile justice training needs assessment survey of law enforcement around the nation to identify challenges and training needs facing law enforcement in addressing juvenile crime, delinquency and victimization. The survey identified law enforcement needs and priorities, and has enabled IACP and OJJDP to assist the law enforcement community in their efforts to address juvenile justice issues. There were 672 responses to this national survey from participants representing 404 law enforcement agencies from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Survey responses included data on department training budgets and needs, juvenile justice operations, and the most pressing juvenile justice/youth issues identified by jurisdictions. Download the survey results below.

2011 Needs Assessment Full Report

2011 Needs Assessment Report Highlights

Technical Assistance

In addition to training, the IACP Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Youth program is available to provide no-cost technical assistance to local, state, federal and international law enforcement and criminal justice agencies on juvenile justice topics.

For more information on technical assistance, including how to apply, visit the Request Technical Assistance page.

For more information on IACP juvenile justice training and technical assistance services for law enforcement and allied juvenile justice professionals, contact us at juvenilejustice@theiacp.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP x830.