The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Strategies for Youth to present the Policing the Teen Brain training for deputies. The training will take place this week from today through Thursday, August 27th at the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Downtown Annex. 

“We look forward to working with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, which has already brought many innovative practices and ideas to the youth of Bibb County,” said Lisa H. Thurgau, Executive Director of Strategies for Youth.  “We hope deputies will come away from the training with new insights and new practices for working effectively with Bibb County youth.”

Developed by Strategies for Youth, the Policing the Teen Brain training supports best practices between law enforcement and youth, by providing a better understanding of how the development of the teen brain leads youth to perceive, process and respond differently.  The training promotes peer-to-peer learning and showcasing skills for de-escalating interactions and avoiding use of force. 

Strategies for Youth is a national nonprofit training and policy organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions and reducing disproportionate minority contact. Strategies for Youth has worked law enforcement agencies across the country.

“We look to this unique training as a step toward enhancing our existing efforts with youth,” said Sheriff Davis.  “Through this training, we hope to give deputies a better understanding of why youth behave the way they do, how to de-escalate conflict, and build our agency’s capacity to offer this training in the long term.”