Clarksville, Tennessee – The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) launched a new initiative called the Juvenile Engagement Team (JET) on November 23, 2021 in the new District Three Precinct to develop better relationships with local youth, especially those at risk high negative actions. .
The initiative comes after the city of Clarksville received a grant through the Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) in 2020.
The grant enabled the police department to hire nine additional officers whose sole purpose is to proactively engage youth in the community and potential victims of juvenile crime on a daily basis.
“The goal of our service, especially that of JET, is to help our young people make better decisions before they reach a point of no return,” said the Clarksville Police Chief, David Crockarell. “JET is not just about law enforcement; it is about engagement with young people, in the hope of being able to mentor, develop positive relationships and meaningful interventions.
The agents selected for this mission come from a long list of patrol agents already at the CPD and who share a common objective: to invest in the lives of young people. If a juvenile commits an offense and enters the justice system, JET will work with the local juvenile justice program in hopes of rehabilitating, shaping and changing the juvenile’s criminalized behavior.