Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Adolescent Girls
June 20, 2012
There was a time when law enforcement calls involving juveniles were nearly always for boys. Girls were rarely arrested, and when they were, it was usually for non-violent status offenses such as running away, truancy, or curfew violations. But this has changed.
In partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a new publication that provides law enforcement tips and strategies on how to improve outcomes when interacting with adolescent girls in the field.
This resource brief provides some reasons why girls often behave differently from boys and tips on how to approach situations involving girls in a way that will lead to the best possible outcome for them while ensuring public safety. In these times of tight budgets and personnel shortages, every officer is expected to demonstrate a proficient use of their time. By understanding the unique needs of adolescent girls, officers will be better prepared to de-escalate conflicts and address underlying problems – and ultimately avoid being called back to the same situations again and again.