Youth Outreach Unit

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The Youth Outreach Unit (YOU) works to proactively engage youth in the Arlington through community-based outreach strategies that focus on education and relationship-building, and encourage positive youth development. The YOU also identifies trends in juvenile-involved crime, provides supplemental investigative support, and works to develop effective prevention and mitigation strategies to address crime and quality of life issues involving youth. Youth Outreach Officers work  collaboratively with other County agencies, including the courts system, and community organizations that work with youth to engage with them through community-based activities and programs. 

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Youth Outreach Programs

Summer Safety Patrol Camp

Safety Patrol Camp is a five-day summer camp for rising Arlington County 4th or 5th grade students. Safety Patrol Camp is for those students who would like to be Safety Patrols for the upcoming school year. Children attending this camp receive instruction on their patrol responsibilities, participate in group activities, meet special guests from the police department, and complete fun crafts. Registration occurs each Winter through the Department of Parks and Recreation Summer camp registration process. 

 

Arlington County Summer Teen Enrichment Program (AC STEP)

Arlington County Summer Teen Enrichment Program (AC STEP) is for high school students and provides participants with positive experiences and mentorship through a week-long program designed to develop leadership skills, provide the students with smart decision-making skills, and educative lessons. Participants also engage in discussions about the dangers of risky behaviors, gain practical knowledge, and lifestyle skills important to employment and mental health. The program promotes healthy lifestyles through team building, leadership activities and self-confidence. 

Mentorship Activities

Members of the Youth Outreach Unit regularly attend school lunch periods, after school programs with the Department of Parks and Recreation and non profit community members, serve as sports coaches, and participate in rock climbing events with Reaching New Heights. Through these activities, they develop meaningful and lasting relationships with Arlington youth, while also serving as role models, mentors, and trusted figures.

Public Safety Pen Pal Program

Through Arlington’s Public Safety Pen Pal Program elementary school students are assigned personnel who serve as a pen pal. The pen pal program is coordinated through classroom teachers and a Department liaison, who coordinate the exchange of letters.  The pen pal program runs the entire school year to build relationships, strengthen public trust, and as a positive educational activity for the students.

Teen Police Academy

Through classroom presentations, hands-on learning, scenario training, and field trips, the Teen Police Academy will educate participants about a career in law enforcement, while also giving them a better understanding of how the police department operates and its role in the community. Participants can ask questions of presenters and share their insights throughout the program.

 

 

Youth Outreach Staff
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Lieutenant Luke Haglof
Supervisor, Community Resources Section
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Sergeant Jasmine Senn
Supervisor, Community and Youth Outreach
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Sergeant Aaron Queen
Supervisor, Community and Youth Outreach
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