Hudson PD receives grant to implement protocols to protect children

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HUDSON, NY (NEWS10) – The Hudson Police Department (HPD) has received a grant of more than $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing. The grant will be used to implement protocols to protect children when their parents have been arrested.

“Hudson is honored to receive this award and to see the recommendations of our Police Advisory & Reconciliation Commission become a reality,” said Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Taking steps to protect the mental health of children during traumatic interactions with the police will contribute to the long-term well-being of our communities.

Officials said children’s exposure to arrest by a parent, caregiver or family member can be particularly harmful to them psychologically and can lead to behavioral and emotional problems. However, with proper resources and training, law enforcement and community organizations can minimize these effects.

“HPD is proud to be recognized as a partner in this grant to serve our community more effectively,” said Hudson Police Commissioner Shane Bower. “We are passionate about building better relationships with Hudson families, especially with our young people. We are confident that this collaboration will provide officers with training and resources to mitigate the risk of exposure and trauma to children during police interactions.

With this grant, HPD will consult with the Greater Hudson Promise neighborhood, the Osborne Association, former law enforcement officials, and other experts with experience implementing responsive arrest policies. to children. The ministry said it would then be able to adapt and incorporate into practice the model policy for protecting children of incarcerated parents developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Officials said the grant would also support the establishment of Hudson as a hub for child-friendly arrest resources and training for other small and medium-sized law enforcement agencies interested in the implementation of these policies in their own communities.

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