Surely all fields of police training and work is equally important however, due to the vulnerability of juveniles involved in the CJS, this Unit needs to have a ‘special priority’ status to help minimize trauma caused to children. This ‘special priority’ status should be complemented and supported with “on-call” medical professionals, lawyers, social workers, psychologist as well as other important actors within the CJS to protect the best interests of children while police conduct their investigations.
Moreover, this Unit must have a quota and be comprised of (at minimum) 25 percent female police officers who are equally qualified and at times more capable in dealing with juveniles as offenders and as victims due to their intrinsic trustworthiness and compassion they emit, where some male officers fail or are not capable of portraying.
While everyone must be treated humanely, professionally and with due care, this must be adhered to even more so when it comes to dealing with children. The initial interaction between police and juveniles on both spectrums of crime (i.e. as victims and as offenders) are critical for numerous reasons. For instance, these first interactions could help victims of crime with the healing process while it can also harness offenders to join in cooperating with police—this is even more important when children are involved in terrorism, as they could provide critical and crucial criminal intelligence to counter-terrorism.
The days of tough-handed policing and police practices are over, even more so when it comes to dealing with children, therefore, police need to be retrained properly to deal with children from their initial contact to their final visit.