Police officers have many interactions with juveniles in a social service and law enforcement setting.  Therefore, it is extremely important for officers to have a strong working knowledge of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System and understand how it differs from the Criminal Justice System.  Police officers must also be aware that a juvenile’s constitutional rights are not lost by virtue of their age, rather greater protections are afforded to them, especially as it relates to Miranda and arrest procedures.

Topics covered:
  • Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
  • Community Caretaker
  • Mandated Reporting – 51A
  • Care & Protection
  • Child Requiring Assistance
  • Common Crimes Committed Against Children
  • Common Offenses Committed By Juveniles
  • Delinquency
  • Diversion & Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Miranda
  • Search & Seizure
  • Juvenile Arrest Procedures
  • Information Sharing