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Effective Police Interaction With Youth Training

(POST) Program Approved!

Effective Police Interactions with Youth Training Curriculum

The “Effective Police Interactions with Youth” is a one-day training curriculum that provides patrol officers with information to better understand youth behavior and with practical strategies for interacting with young people in positive ways. The goal of the training is to reduce the likelihood that interactions between police officers and young people will have negative outcomes and/or result in police action, particularly for minority youth. Certified police trainers teach officers about DMC and adolescent development through a variety of training strategies including videos, class discussions, small group activities, and role playing.

To request a training, please fill out the form provided:
– Effective Police Interaction with Youth Application form

Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program approved!
5.5 Interpersonal POST certified Hours

View this video for a description of the Effective Police Interactions with Youth training curriculum.
– Effective Police Interactions with Youth Video, September 2008. (Length: 4 1/2 minutes, File size: 11.7 MB)

Participation Feedback

“This training has given me additional tools to working with adolescent behaviors. . .”

“I recommend this training to my fellow officers. . .”

In the training,
participants learn:

  • The role of patrol officers in helping to eliminate the problem of disproportionate minority contact with Missouri’s juvenile justice system.
  • Why adolescents tend to test boundaries, challenge authority, and have difficulty controlling impulses and making sound decisions.
  • Strategies for communicating more effectively with young people and improving.

Certified Trainers

Marcia Hazelhorst
Executive Director

Officer Seth Wigle
School Resource Officer
Jefferson City Police Department

Officer Collier Nichols
School Resource Officer
Jefferson City Police Department

Officer Mark Hall
Director of Safety & Security

For additional information contact:
MO Juvenile Justice Association

Curriculum created by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, and sponsored by the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, Missouri Department of Public Safety, and Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.