Provides an overview of adolescent brain development and its effects on law enforcement interactions with youth. Gaining awareness of the effects of youth developmental stages may increase understanding of how and why teenagers think and act the way they do. This brief includes strategies for law enforcement to apply this knowledge during youth interactions, outlining important considerations for integrating this information into everyday practices, procedures, and programs.
The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Department of Justice
International Association of Chiefs of Police