Transforming Police Interactions with Youth of Color

This grant will support the first phase of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an effort by the Council for a Strong America to create a program to improve police interactions with young people, especially youth of color.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a member organization that comprises 5,000 law enforcement leaders, including police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors. The organization will partner with a leading academic researcher to develop a research-based curriculum and materials for police, which can be certified by state-level police training entities. A variety of research topics relevant to police–youth interactions will be examined, including adolescent brain development, unconscious bias, cultural differences, and approaches for de-escalating conflict. The Council will also establish a Law Enforcement Leaders Advisory Committee from among its members to identify best practices.

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