chapter  7
Policing and Juveniles
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INTRODUCTION Policing brings to mind images of arresting suspects, shooting at criminals, writing traffi c tickets, testifying in court, driving on patrol, and interrogating murder suspects in the detective bureau. Police still do these things, but they also engage in activities that many people are not aware of. For instance, today police also lead community meetings to discuss the extent and causes of neighborhood crime and disorder. Together with community members they are searching for solutions to urban problems. Police go to homes of juveniles who are on probation to assist probation offi cers in making curfew checks and try to determine what can be done to help juvenile probationers stay out of trouble and adjust. Police also facilitate restorative justice conferences, in which, for instance, a burglary victim meets a juvenile burglar and explains precisely how the burglary impacted the victim. Supporters for both sides are present and, with the help of the police offi cer leader, they work out an agreement on how the youth can make amends for what he or she did.