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Youth Instructing Police (YIP)

Goal: 
Decrease conflict and animosity between youth and police.
Reasons for Implementation

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  • Police officers will better there ways of communication so they can effectively talk with you in order to lower the amount of overall confrontations but especially those involving force..

  • Police will learn how to avoid altercations with police

  • Police will build empathy with youth and identify problems that youth may be having at a given time of meeting.

  • Police need to understand a interpersonal and examine the perspectives of their previous generations. From that, hone in on and youth today.

  • Inspired by youth groups across country

  • Appreciate adult work but need for youth involvement

  • Developing comprehensive curriculum by crossing lines of contention

  • Looking at disparities in policing as well as cognitive views of youth

  • Instructing through action developed and maintained by the youth perspective

Overview/Goals for YIP

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​Impart knowledge to teach police officers about:

  • The Attitudes/Beliefs of youth and reasons for youth action

  • The fact that youth are often intimidated by power of officers and can respond differently to situational social cues

  • Youth being more susceptible to external and internal societal pressures

  • Finding a common ground with youth

  • Approaching youth interactions more deliberately

  • Being in the field with an understanding of the communities you are entering/representing

Strategy
Training Structure

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  • Education

    • National Scale(Video/Statistics/Testimonies)

    • Local community scale (Video/Statistics/Testimonies)

    • Personal Stories

    • Officer Experience (Childhood)

  •  Youth Compatibility

    • Understanding the Youth

    • Roleplay (double-sided)

  •  Identity Disparities

    • Implicit Bias

    • Gender/Racial involvement

    • Roleplay (one-sided)

  • Close-Up

    • Call to action

    • Tips (in their own communities/districts)

    • Final thoughts

Background Research

“We have different ways of evaluating that. Looking at the arrest data is probably the best way. When you see many contempt-of-cop arrests, which would be disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, you know you’re in a place where the interactions between police and youth are not informed by good approaches or an understanding of best practices for police youth interaction. Based on that, we customize our training to reflect what we see in the assessment.” - Atlantic 

“Racial profiling is a big problem in this city and that would seem a really important thing for youth to be involved in, with this sort of misconnect with issues about gangs and racial profiling where the Portland police will target specific neighborhoods of color, that would need to be a principled campaign that the youth committee could take on.” -Danielle Milan, Teatro Milagro

“Now, 57 million of the nation’s 74 million youth are on free and reduced lunch, meaning they’re living close to the poverty level, meaning they’re living in a state of anxiety that escalates their responses to everything. We want officers to be helpful. We recommend they carry food in their patrol car and have food in their school resource officer’s office.” - Atlantic

“Powerlessness stems from many different places for youth in relation to government. Sometimes the only way that youth interact with government is at school or with transit police, which often are not positive experiences. Youth generally expect not to be heard, or respected, because of how they have been treated in the past and in the rest of their lives.” - Portland Gov

Our findings show that youth-police dialogues can be a powerful factor in healing the relationships between youth and police in Rochester. These short-term dialogues appear to be beneficial to all participants in building communication in a constructive and collaborative manner, despite the large amounts of tension between the two groups. - Rochester Institue of Technology

Police-Youth Dialogue Events from across the country