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​Pennsylvania DMC Youth / Law Enforcement Curriculum

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The course is designed to educate Pennsylvania Law Enforcement on biological and environmental influences that affect the way the teens and young adults respond to authority, particularly law enforcement.  Law Enforcement Officers will learn about the effects of adolescent brain development and trauma on youth decision-making and behaviors in interactions with law enforcement.  Through in-person discussions with youth, role play exercises as well as academic instruction from facilitators, participants will learn to more accurately identify the causes of adolescent behavior, how to identify trauma-based reactions and techniques to better de-escalate situations with youth. Participants will gain a better understanding of techniques to encourage positive interactions between youth and law enforcement.

This course is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania DMC Youth / Law Enforcement Corporation.  Instructors will be certified trainers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Municipal Police Departments, and the DMC Corporation. 


INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the participants will possess the knowledge and skill required to more accurately assess youth behavior and better prevent confrontations and conflict with youth.  

After completion, the student will be able to:

  • Identify issues and concerns about youth and law enforcement interactions.
  • Identify recommendations for improving youth and law enforcement relations.
  • Identify how they can improve relations between law enforcement and youth.
  • Create a list of tips for both law enforcement and youth for interacting with each other.
  • Describe at least three elements (physical, social and cultural) that influence adolescent development.
  • Describe how adolescent development can impact behavior with law enforcement and differentiate between normal adolescent behaviors and delinquent / criminal conduct.
  • Describe how trauma impacts youth behavior with law enforcement and specific behaviors that are a sign of youth trauma.
  • Distinguish between male and female coping strategies.
  • Define / explain various vocabulary words related to adolescent development and trauma.
  • Define perception and how perception may impact how we interact with others.
  • Describe how the teen brain's development may impact perception and in turn how we intact with others.
  • List the options for youth behavior that can contribute to a safe and positive interaction with police.
  • Demonstrate strategies for developing rapport with youth and preventing confrontation and conflict.
  • Demonstrate effective use of verbal and non-verbal communication. 

COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:  Attendance and successful completion of Pre and Post Survey



MPOETC CLEE Hours: 6  -  CLEE ID # CLE01042

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.


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