Juveniles Offenders and Juvenile Court
The law defines a juvenile for criminal offenses as anyone under the age of 18 years at the time of the offense. The juvenile court system is vastly different than the adult courts and juvenile offenses are handled differently. The law affords many chances for a juvenile to correct behavior before it invokes punishment. Juvenile Officers often work with parents to determine how a problem is best solved, getting parental input throughout the process. The juvenile justice system is geared towards supplying parents with the tools to correct problems and help juveniles, thus not sending them to court or incarceration.
How We Can Help
The Northbrook Police has Juvenile Officers working in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. The goal of the Juvenile Justice system is to correct unlawful behaviors by juveniles and ensure their safety so that when they become adults the chance of criminal contact with law enforcement is minimal. Juvenile Officers often work with Police Counseling Services to help juveniles that need assistance. Parents are encouraged to contact the Northbrook Police for help with their children if they see behavioral changes that could indicate criminal behavior by their children. Juvenile Officers can meet with the parents and explain the possible ramifications of the different behaviors and help in finding solutions to those problems. Parents do not have to bring their children in for arrest to get help for them. Parents can meet with a Juvenile Officer and/or Counseling Services.
Every school in Northbrook has a Juvenile Officer as a liaison between the school and the Northbrook Police Department. School Liaison Officers work with the schools to advise on or handle public safety matters and assist with school safety.
If you would like to contact a Juvenile Officer, please call the Investigations Unit Commander or one of the two Sergeants and they will make the necessary arrangements.