About Cops and Kids

Cops and Kids

Whether police officers are fighting crimes, building safer neighborhoods, or combating terrorism, their relationships with children are critically important. The way police interact with children in a neighborhood can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety, and on the stability of communities. Raising Awareness. Modeling Behavior.

One-on-One provokes discussion and raises officers’ awareness of children in their work and of the tremendous impact their presence, authority and actions have on children. It is also designed to show how basic knowledge of children and their development can enhance an officer’s impact, safety and ability to achieve law enforcement goals in the community.

Children serve an important role in facilitating the goals of law enforcement.
  • Children are almost always present when police officers perform their duties.
  • Children can make police officers’ work easier, or harder, depending on the level of trust that is built between children and police.
  • Positive community attitudes toward police officers and cooperation with investigations can significantly affect the way police officers are perceived: how they interact with children, and act on their behalf on the job, is critical.
  • Children grow up quickly to become the adults of the communities that officers are sworn to serve.
By giving officers tools to communicate and build relationships with children, One-on-One can improve officer’s safety and help officers achieve their law enforcement goals.


REAL POLICE. REAL STRATEGIES.
One-on-One: Connecting Cops & Kids is packed with examples of police actually demonstrating and discussing their actions in the field. Each segment of the training examines a critical link in the chain to developing trust and modeling responsible behavior.

Produced in association with:

  • The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Yale Child Study Center

  • The Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center.

  • The New Haven Department of Police Services

  • The Boston Police Department

  • The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

GOALS OF ONE-ON-ONE

Through extraordinary documentary footage that captures actual police officers handling a variety of situations – from friendly contact to intense conflict, One-on-One:

  • Models effective and age appropriate interactions

  • Gives officers tools to communicate and build relationships with children

  • Describes ways police can use their authority to help children, especially those at risk

  • Identifies partners in the community to support police officers’ work with children and families

THE NEED FOR CONNECTING COPS AND KIDS

Children serve an important role in facilitating the goals of law enforcement.

  • Children are almost always present when police officers perform their duties.

  • Children can make police officers’ work easier, or harder, depending on the level of trust that is built between children and police.

  • Positive community attitudes toward police officers and cooperation with investigations can significantly affect the way police officers are perceived: how they interact with children, and act on their behalf on the job, is critical.

  • Children grow up quickly to become the adults of the communities that officers are sworn to serve.