Anne Arundel police patrol and school resource officers will focus on connecting students with mentors and counselors instead of arresting them for juvenile offenses under an experimental “pre-arrest diversion” program launched in January. The six-month program named Fresh START — the acronym represents safety, trauma, accountability, restoration and transparency — would refer children ages 7 to 18 years to social workers, job mentors and mental health resources when they commit misdemeanor offenses. Students can currently get a juvenile citation that is the equivalent of an arrest.
Anne Arundel police expand program aimed at reducing arrests in schools
April 6, 2021