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Audioconference to explore effective police interventions with children and families.

City leaders are invited to register for a free, hour-long audioconference on opportunities for police officers to improve their safety and effectiveness on the job by working in new ways with children, teens, families and other organizations that serve children. The audioconference will be held on Thursday, February 24, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. "Connecting Cops and Kids:

Strategies to Improve Police Interventions with Children and Families" is sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) and the Fred Rogers Company, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

The audioconference will feature insights from a documentary video-based training program that these partners are making available nationwide beginning this spring.

To register for the audioconference or to apply for the training, visit www.nlc.org/iyef.

To learn more about the Connecting Cops & Kids training program, visit www.copskids.org.

Improving Officer Safety and Effectiveness

As police departments across the nation have embraced community-oriented policing strategies, a number of departments have focused on building trust with children and teens to both ensure officer safety and improve their effectiveness in enforcing the law.

Positive relationships with young people and their families can promote greater cooperation from a neighborhood's residents and facilitate better reporting of criminal activity. These relationships can also play a critical role in protecting officers' own security on the job.

As first responders, authority figures and role models, police officers also have an important influence on the lives of children and youth.

Officers can play vital prevention and intervention roles in helping youth who are in trouble and steering them away from risky behavior. They are often in a key position to assist children exposed to violence, abuse or other traumatic situations.

Audioconference speakers will discuss effective collaborations among law enforcement and mental health agencies, victim services, schools, child protective services and other community partners.

Training Opportunity for Cities

Cities still have time to apply for the Connecting Cops & Kids training program, which was developed by the Fred Rogers Company in collaboration with the Boston, New Haven and Pittsburgh police departments, the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Yale Child Study Center and the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center.

Recognizing the program's solid grounding in child development and the day-to-day reality of police work, as well as the demonstrated benefit of pilot trainings in greater Pittsburgh, the COPS Office is supporting a series of local training sessions in communities across the nation. This training will be made available at no cost to selected sites. The deadline to apply is February 21.

"No police officer should graduate from the academy without this training," said Darrel Stephens, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., Police Department.

Registering for the Audioconference

No phone registrations can be accepted. At least one day prior to the event, each registrant will receive an e-mail providing a toll-free, dial-in number to use in joining the audioconference.

Listeners will have opportunities to ask questions of panelists during the call.

Details: For more information about either the audioconference or the Connecting Cops & Kids training program, please contact Michael Karpman at (202) 626-3072 or karpman@nlc.org.
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Date:Feb 7, 2011
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