Policing Juveniles: Current Issues in Policy, Practice and Research

David L. Parry, Endicott College

This paper reviews the limited theoretical and empirical literature examining contemporary law enforcement responses to juvenile delinquency and draws upon statuters, case law, standards, policy statements, instructional materials and other sources to establish a framework for examining the police function as it pertains to interactions with juvenile offenders. Ways in which contemporary police-juvenile encounters differ from those involving adults are highlighted, as are the multiplicity of normative, legal and empirically-derived perspectives concerning activities of juvenile officers/units and approaches taken by law enforcement officials in decisions related to arrest, interrogation, search and seizure, and surveillance of juveniles.

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