Throughout the United States, violent crime has seen a marked reduction—reports of violent crime have decreased from 1.4 million in 2007 to 1.2 million in 2011. Even so, law
enforcement must remain vigilant in its focus on increasing its ability to address juvenile victimization, delinquency, and crime from a holistic perspective. Police leaders must
increase their focus on juvenile justice issues, encourage the development of innovative
and effective prevention and intervention programs, educate law enforcement and others
on pertinent juvenile justice issues, and improve law enforcement’s effectiveness in
promoting public safety.