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Police Chief, Volume 80, Issue 3, March 2013

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 80 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2013 Pages: 1-66
Kerry Sullivan Moore
Date Published
March 2013
66 pages
This issue of "Police Chief" contains five articles on juvenile justice processing and services and articles on communications hardware and software as well as the seminal decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (right to own a gun); six "columns" discuss various issues related to law enforcement.
"The Juvenile Assessment Center and Information Sharing: The Whys, the Whats, and How It Works in Jefferson County, Colorado" explains the rationale for and the services of Jefferson County's Juvenile Assessment Center, which provides a single point of entry for youth coming into the juvenile justice system. "Collaboration To Recover U.S. Exploited Youth: The FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative" describes the FBI's work in collaborating with State and local police officers to recover children who have been forced into prostitution. "Can Police Officers Be Effective Mentors for At-Risk Youth?" profiles Houston's (Texas) Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy, which is a 15-week program, designed for at-risk teens to work with police officers in a curriculum that focuses on the problem situations that youth face. "How Multidisciplinary Teams Achieve Success in Indian Country" focuses on the work of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in Indian Country which respond to child abuse crimes. "Youth Assessment Model: Assessment, Referral and Diversion" describes the Miami-Dade, Florida, Schools Police Department (MDSPD), which has participated in a number of diversion models over the past 10 years in an effort to reduce juvenile arrests while providing needed services. The Youth Assessment Model was selected as most effective. This article describes its operation. Six "columns" address the prevention of child exploitation, a law enforcement perspective on immigration reform, electronic public safety technology, research on the effectiveness of various police shifts, improved safety to prevent officer deaths, and how law enforcement agencies can improve juvenile justice.