On the juvenile side, newly sworn officers have an opportunity to learn, first hand, how the juvenile justice system works, and the specific role that juvenile probation officers, juvenile judges, the DA, community providers of youth services, and police play within that system. For example, the training focuses on how the system decides to detain a young person, and what other options the system has to keep the community safe, and hold young people accountable. The curriculum is designed to spell out the different ways the juvenile and adult systems operate, with a focus on how the different stakeholders in the juvenile justice can better partner with police.
On the adult side, newly sworn officers have an opportunity to learn, first hand, on the role adult probation and parole officers play in the adult public safety system, and how police and the probation and parole system can partner together to promote public safety. For example, PPB and their colleagues at DCJ visit key probation and parole units that manage the pretrial supervision of offenders, sex offenders, and visit staff secure sites where adult offenders may be housed while under community supervision. Officers gain an in-depth overview of felony supervision, violation hearings, probation & parole officer (PPO) arrest authority, and hear how Probation/Parole Officers can sanction offenders.
With community partners, these recruits and newly sworn officers will have first hand, personal experience working with the community organizations they will work with throughout their future careers, police will be partnering with providers to help enforce and promote public safety. This training helps open lines of communication between the police and the agencies working with the young people that police will encounter on the streets. By collaborating and communicating early on, police and community providers will ensure that they can bring the full force of their respective agencies to collaborate on important public safety challenges.