Juvenile Liaison Officer

Designation of Juvenile Liaison Officer: Every law enforcement agency having patrol jurisdiction is required to designate one sworn officer to coordinate juvenile matters. This Juvenile Liaison Officer (JLO) should be designated based upon their training and experience. The JLO should be familiar with local resources and community-based programs available to assist juveniles and their families; shall be well-versed in the various diversionary programs available to divert youth from the juvenile justice system; and are tasked with staying up-to-date on legislative changes, and changes to policy and procedure regarding Juvenile Justice Reform. The JLO can also assist by building partnerships with non-profit and government-run community organizations to assist with the supervision of stationhouse adjustment agreements. Information on how to contact a Department’s JLO should be made public and placed on the agency’s website, in order to provide this resource to families and the community.