This webinar will discuss a new toolkit of resources to enable law enforcement officers to identify and respond to children exposed to violence and potentially traumatic events. The new toolkit, "Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement," launches on April 4, 2017 and will be available in electronic and hardcopy.
The webinar will include presenters from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center, and the New Haven, Connecticut Department of Police Service, who developed the toolkit based on more than 20 years of experience developing police/mental health partnerships addressing children and families exposed to violence. Discussion topics will include the issue of children exposed to violence and the role of the police officer in the life of a child exposed to violence. In addition, the 13 tools that comprise the toolkit will be presented.
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the role of police in identifying and responding to children exposed to violence and overwhelming events;
- Describe how this role aligns with the mission and duties of law enforcement;
- Explain how the role of police in identifying and responding to children exposed to violence can strengthen police-community relations, increase officer safety, and break the cycle of violence and victimization in homes, neighborhoods, and communities; and
- Utilize the tools within the toolkit in their roles as police officers in their communities.