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The Juvenile Crime topic page is a resource for cops, SROs and others dealing with juvenile crime and offenders, with news and information about everything from minors engaging in sexting to dealing with violent, potentially deadly kids.

Some jurisdictions are reconsidering the definition of “juvenile” as it relates to the prosecution of criminal acts
Juvenile assessment centers help law enforcement address the multiple issues associated with juvenile arrests
If SROs are expected to be our school’s first line of defense, we must provide these officers with the best specialized tactical training and equipment possible
“Having no consequences for bad behavior has proved itself again to be a failed criminal justice policy,” the N.J. State Policemens’ Benevolent Association president said
Video shows a large crowd swarm the deputy’s patrol car and begin kicking and punching it
“If you want to do the crime, you gotta do the time — plain and simple,” the mother said
The suspect drove through yards and collided with other vehicles before Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended him
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The inmates, ages 14 and 15, fled after they took a Jenkins County deputy’s 45-automatic handgun and knocked him unconscious with it
After two failed carjacking attempts, the trio robbed a couple at gun point and fled from Seattle Police Department officers in a vehicle reported stolen
Baltimore city leaders sued ghost gun kit manufacturer Polymer80 after seeing a rise of the untraceable weapons on city streets and in the hands of minors
The two brothers carjacked a vehicle from a woman at gunpoint; a pursuit was authorized and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was brought in to assist
The state police will use the funding toward community outreach programs and other programming designed to reduce youth involvement in gang activity
“I think we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” Assistant Chief Joseph Gulotta said. “If you take a look at what our office is doing here on Staten Island, our arrests are outpacing our crime increase by a lot”
The net from the grappler hooked onto the back left wheel and once the cruiser hit the brakes, the stolen car came to a stop
Video shows the 17-year-old suspect shooting at windows inside the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility while holding a juvenile resident hostage
During the pursuit, which lasted an hour, the forklift hit 10 parked vehicles
The teen was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and was taken into juvenile detention
Body camera video shows a stolen car full of teens totaling one cruiser, reversing into another and running over an officer’s foot before the car burst into flames
Four of the juveniles turned themselves in after the “planned, but poorly planned” escape; five others were captured after a brief pursuit with state police
As officers tried to break up fights, teens began to assault officers; one officer was pushed to the ground, and was repeatedly punched and kicked by the group
“It boils down to knowing how to read and being confident in yourself,” Officer Levi Leyba said
Under the legislation, names, photos and alleged offenses of juveniles can be distributed by law enforcement agencies while a suspect is at large
A Bellingham police officer tackled the 17-year-old as he was reaching for a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol tucked in his waistband
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An officer’s body-worn camera shows K-9 Bear tracking the occupants of the car, who were ages 13, 15 and 16
When the SUV wouldn’t pull over, OnStar was able to disable it. Once it stopped, the boy ran away but was quickly taken into custody
Aréanah Preston’s fellow CPD 5th District officers wore yellow ribbons, her favorite color, on their badges during her funeral
“He may be 13 years chronologically, but he’s a hardened criminal willing to shoot it out with cops,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said