What is it about?

Youth Police Initiative is a place-based approach shown to improve relations between officers and young people in neighborhoods with the highest tensions.

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Why is it important?

The findings from this study showed that seemingly intractable relations between police and young people can be improved through Youth Police Initiative (YPI). YPI could ultimately reduce arrests and violence.

Perspectives

More longitudinal study is necessary to test the effects of YPI. I have a book coming out in June with Routledge called The Case For Youth Police Initiative: Interdependent Fates and the Power of Peace. The book is a phenomenological exploration of the long and short term effects of YPI in housing developments in both Boston and Brooklyn. The findings in the Boston study showed that YPI, when done over time led to extensive access to much needed social services (jobs, education, mental health, recreation). In Brooklyn, as a one shot, YPI improved relations, opening the door to potential improvement in social services. In Boston this access to social service correlated to a reduction in arrests and violence.

Dr. Nina Rose Fischer
John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York

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This page is a summary of: Interdependent fates: Youth and police—Can they make peace?, Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, February 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pac0000466.
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