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Anne Arundel police expand program aimed at reducing arrests in schools

April 6, 2021

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.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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