The arrest of a parent can have a significant and potentially long-term traumatic impact on children, including shock, immense fear, anxiety, and anger toward the arresting officers. There is growing interest in the effects of a parent’s arrest on children and the ways in which law enforcement can assist them, but clear guidance for law enforcement agencies has not been made widely available until now.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with support from BJA, provides no-cost training and technical assistance for law enforcement through the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents (CAP) Project. This project provides resources for law enforcement to mitigate trauma experienced by children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system.
BJA and IACP developed the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Training Video to introduce and demonstrate the core principles of the Model Policy to law enforcement organizations across the nation. View and download the video here.
For additional resources, visit www.theiacp.org/cap.
Austin PD’s Chief introduces the CAP training video as part of an overall agency training initiativeThis video introduction to the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents (CAP) training video has been created by Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Police Department (TX), who has mandated that all agency personnel undergo a refresher course and training on related agency policies and procedures. In addition, Austin PD has undertaken a review to ensure that their existing policies are in sync with the core elements outlined in the CAP model policy and training video. Requests for additional information on this and/or other ongoing efforts may be submitted to the BJA point of contact, Gregory Joy at: Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov
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The Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Model Policy: This publication presents the wide range of challenges that law enforcement officers face surrounding the arrest of parents and the corresponding impact on children under their supervision. The Model Policy identifies policies and procedures that law enforcement can implement to help mitigate the potential trauma to children during the arrest of a parent, whether or not they are home at the time. Download it now.
The Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Training Video: BJA and IACP developed the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents training video to introduce and demonstrate the core principles of the Model Policy to law enforcement organizations across the nation. View and download the video here.
Albany PD develops policy to deal with arrests in front of children - http://news10.com/2016/01/05/albany-pd-develops-policy-to-deal-with-arrests-in-front-of-children/
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Webinars: The IACP hosted an online webinar series based on material from the Model Policy. These webinars have been recorded and archived for ongoing law enforcement access. The webinars focus on various topics related to safeguarding children of arrested parents, and feature moderated discussions from subject-matter experts across the nation.
“Protecting Children of Arrested Parents: Using a Trauma-Informed Approach” November 5, 2014, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST This presentation provided an in-depth look at the traumatic effects of parental arrest on children, and provided best practice recommendations and strategies for law enforcement to prevent or mitigate trauma to children during and after the arrest of a parent. View the webinar recording.
“Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations” December 9, 2014, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST Panelists discussed the potential risks to children of arrested parents during tactical and investigative operations, and provided strategies and best practice recommendations for law enforcement to mitigate these risks. Resources were provided to assist law enforcement agencies in developing and implementing a policy to safeguard children during these operations. View the webinar recording.
"Collaborating with Community Partners to Safeguard Children of Arrested Parents" January 14, 2015, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST Webinar panelists highlighted strategies for law enforcement to collaborate with child welfare services and other community partners to ensure the best outcomes for children of arrested parents. View the webinar recording.
“Developing a Policy to Protect Children of Arrested Parents” June 15, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST Webinar panelists represented the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints, the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, and Project WHAT! Webinar panelists provided guidance on the planning and implementation process of a police departmental policy to protect children at the time of parental arrest. Resources were provided to assist law enforcement agencies in developing and implementing relevant policies in their agency. View the webinar recording.
"Preparing to Launch: Q & A on Implementing Parental Arrest Policies to Safeguard Children" July 30, 2015, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST During this webinar, the Albany, New York Chief of Police shared his experience in developing and implementing a parental arrest policy in a mid-sized police department. Attendees had the opportunity to ask panelists, representing areas of law enforcement, child psychology, and community partners, questions regarding law enforcement agency parental arrest policies and procedures. Resources were provided to assist law enforcement agencies in developing and implementing a policy in their agency. View the webinar recording.
"Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department" January 20, 2016, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ESTThe IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, presented the webinar, “Parental Arrest Policies and Protecting Children: Training Your Department.” Webinar panelists provided training guidance for police departments on parental arrest policies that safeguard children. Resources were shared that can be utilized for roll call training in police agencies nationwide. View the webinar recording.
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