Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. We take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public. Through the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Police Training Institute, the organization will also provide training for police academy recruits and in-service officers designed to help improve relationships and interactions between youth and law enforcement officers.
“Getting tough on crime means getting smart on crime. That’s why Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members support strategies that prepare young people to be well- educated and well-prepared to become successful citizens. Our solutions for the educational and mental health challenges that lead kids down the path to criminal activity are always based on research, our first-hand experience, and the certainty that public safety depends on putting more kids on track for productive lives.”
– Sheriff Rich Stanek, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids launched the Police Training Institute in 2016. The Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Police Training Institute will provide law enforcement officers with the tools needed to positively engage with youth, especially youth of color.
March 14, 2016
More than 1,200 law enforcement leaders—including police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors—from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent...read more
More than 1,100 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors urge Congress to reduce juvenile lock-ups in favor of family responsibility to prevent crime
September 17, 2015
Their message: states across the nation must continue efforts to reduce the number of juvenile offenders in state-run facilities and...read more
Police + Youth = Respect
Training Law Enforcement to Improve Youth Policing: Police, Youth, Respect
On Sunday, July 12, 2015 more than 100 youth and and law enforcement leaders joined a Fight Crime: Invest in Kids teen town hall at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives annual Youth Leadership Conference in Indianapolis to talk about the opportunities and strategies to transform future interactions between police and youth of color. Learn more about the town hall.
Law Enforcement Leaders Call for Reauthorization of Juvenile Justice Act to Reduce Crime
Our new research shows that our current system of placing juvenile offenders in residential facilities with other troubled youths is expensive and, in most cases, isn’t particularly effective at reducing crime. Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) can encourage the adoption of interventions proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayers money. Learn more about juvenile justice and read our report.
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