The Community and Youth Services Unit within the Allentown Police Department specializes in handling investigations involving juvenile offenders, and is tasked with the responsibility of addressing the problems and needs of Juveniles within the community. These goals are accomplished through programs designed to prevent and control delinquent and criminal behavior by juveniles, as well as the follow-up processing and arrests of juveniles as related to both Felony and Misdemeanor crimes.
The Community and Youth Services division serves as a resource to other units within the police department and works closely with the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office and the Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Department in an attempt to accomplish these goals.Community
APD strives to interact with requests from the
community to participate in as many events as possible. This participation
includes child fingerprinting, reading events, bicycle safety events and school
presentations on a variety of topics.
This youth program initiative challenges today’s middle school students to “Live with Integrity for Future Excellence." The L.I.F.E program was developed with the goal of forming a strong and lasting link of relationships between middle school youth, their families, and the police. Officers serve as mentors to build confidence, decision making, and accountability. Students sign a contract and work toward the achievement of predetermined behavioral objectives for both present and future impact.
For more information about the L.I.F.E. Program, contact Officer James Stanko at 610.437.7549 or via email.
Youth Police Academy
In 2014, APD developed the Allentown Youth Police Academy that is available to middle school students each year during the summer months. Thanks to partnerships with the Allentown School District and the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), students will have the opportunity to participate in a week long basic Youth Police Academy. As a follow up, APD offers an additional week of training, where students will be invited to the Advanced Youth Police Academy. Both programs provide a snapshot of police work with a particular focus on mentorship, structure, and decision making to educate students in the many facets of the law enforcement profession.
The Youth Division thrives from a constant and continuing partnership with the youth and families of Allentown. There is no one size fits all solution to the many challenges in today's society. As a result, Youth Division staff repeatedly respond to the calls of the community to speak and mentor in order to help our youth grow into the best they can be. From individual appointments to formal group settings, the list is always growing as officers take pride in the service of the City. Here is a sample of other activities:
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