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NCJ Number: 252070 Find in a Library
Title: 5 Ways Law Enforcement Agencies Can Use Data on Juveniles
Date Published: 2018
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Center for Juvenile Justice

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2015-JF-FX-K003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This fact sheet explains five important ways that law enforcement agencies can use data on juveniles.
Abstract: First, law enforcement data on juveniles can assist agencies in understanding crime in their communities. Understanding juvenile crime patterns in a community can guide the development of an agency’s strategic plan and tactics, as well as help community partners develop and support targeted prevention strategies. Second, data on juveniles can improve information-sharing with other law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies. This is critical in addressing the risk level and criminogenic needs of justice-involved youth. Third, data on juveniles can assist law enforcement agencies in managing the deployment of scarce resources. Some communities have developed structured decisionmaking tools that guide officer discretion when addressing a juvenile’s problem behavior. An officer enters data, such as offense and prior arrests, and the tool provides guidance on the most appropriate response. Fourth, a law enforcement agency’s data on juveniles can assist in identifying risk factors for youth victimization. Police are often the first responders to family conflicts or intra-familial violence where juveniles are present. The identification of such juveniles can assist juvenile delinquency prevention programs in identifying youth at high risk of victimization and related problem behaviors. Fifth, law enforcement agencies’ collection of data on juvenile crime contributes to the nation’s understanding of juvenile crime and helps policymakers assess the needs of their community and guide government policy and investments. 5 references
Main Term(s): Police juvenile relations training
Index Term(s): Data analysis; Data collections; Information collection; Juvenile justice information systems; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Police information systems
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