The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conducted a pilot program April 2729, 2009, entitled "Law Enforcement Responses to Adolescent Girls," a training course that educates law enforcement personnel on the best ways to approach and interact with adolescent girls during police calls. The pilot program, which was cosponsored by OJJDP and the Office of Justice Programs and held in Philadelphia, PA, attracted nearly 55 participants from the law enforcement community.
The goals of the course are to
IACP distributed a survey among its members asking what kind of training courses they would find most useful and a large number of respondents cited the need for additional information on dealing with adolescent girls. Members said that a high level of expertise is needed to interact effectively with this population and that increased information on proper techniques and procedures might reduce the arrest rates for teen girls. Research from OJJDP's Girls Study Group has shown that the increase in the arrest rates for girls during the last decade is in part attributable to a change in arrest policies that encourage officers to make an arrest during domestic disturbance calls.
The course is expected to be offered regularly through IACP starting in mid-June, once the results of the pilot course have been evaluated and the training has been modified accordingly. More information about the course will be available at that time.
For information about other IACP training courses, please visit the IACP training Web site. Please visit OJJDP's resource page on Girls' Delinquency for more information about OJJDP's efforts to address and reduce girls' delinquency.