The aim of the entire CJS and police should be focused on how to reduce or even eliminate the chances of reoffending by children and through implementation of these types of programs—juveniles can be taught positive and productive social behaviors away from criminality.
“WHAT KIND OF A NEIGHBOR DO YOU WANT?”
Objections to this type of 21-century policing can be tranquiled by asking, “what kind of a neighbor will you want?” Almost everyone in society will want a productive juvenile who has been held accountable for his or her crimes. But more importantly, society will likely accept a child who has been given an opportunity to demonstrate their worth, whom has been re-educated, reintegrated and rehabilitated while being held accountable for their crime.
As a corner stone to rehabilitation, new practical and educational programs must be instituted by the KRG to teach and rewire juveniles so that they do not become a burden on society or repeat (violent) offenders. Moreover, police officers also need to be trained to deal with, for instances, juveniles who are victimized by family members, or where they are the perpetrators of serious offences such as sexual assault (rape) or even murder. Providing this type of training to police and education to juvenile will equally benefit society in the long run as it could prevent future victims.
In closing, while police reform is a complex, resource intensive process, the rewards are enormous for society. It is also imperative to remember that children are the future and must be given an opportunity to become great productive future citizens and not today’s offender and tomorrow’s criminals. The Criminal Justice System and Police alike must be taught that dealing with children shall be handled with utmost care and they should be provided with the respect and resources to provide them a better future, regardless of their past criminal behaviors.
Ala Jaff is a practicing police and security professional in Canada. He holds a Police Foundations diploma and a BA in Law. He is currently working towards his Masters degree in Criminal Justice, Governance and Police Science.