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Austin PD’s Chief introduces the CAP training video as part of an overall agency training initiative
This 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

View and download the video here.

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/

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. EST
The 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

Gregory Joy
Policy Advisor
202-514-1369
E-mail: Gregory.Joy@usdoj.gov

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents, BJA-Sponsored, August 2014. This model policy focuses on police interaction with children who are impacted when a parent is arrested and law enforcement carries out its investigative and arrest responsibilities.
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Safeguarding Children at the Time of Parental Arrest: Law Enforcement Pre-Arrest/Arrest Checklist, BJA-Sponsored, May 2015. This resource provides law enforcement with items to consider and complete before and during a parental arrest.
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Protecting Children of Arrested Parents: Steps for Developing and Implementing an Effective Policy, BJA-Sponsored, January 2015. This Police Chief article highlights the efforts and activities of the International Association of Chiefs of Police's BJA-funded project to safeguard children of arrested parents.
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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents: An Overview, BJA-Sponsored, October 2014. Part I of a two-part "Training Key" on children of arrested parents, this resource provides an overview of the topic, defines key terms used in the discussion, and outlines the legal obligations that govern the actions of officers when confronted with these situations.
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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents: Coordination and Response, BJA-Sponsored, October 2014. Part II of a two-part "Training Key" on children of arrested parents, this resource focuses on recommended policies and procedures.
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