Winchester Featured in National Report on City Leadership for Children and Families
Winchester is featured in a new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in communities with populations below 75,000. The city was selected for inclusion in the report for the Winchester Police Department’s Timbrook House Youth Reporting Center (YRC) initiative.
For three years the Timbrook House has been providing alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders, including those who violate terms of probation or who commit new crimes while on probation. Referrals to the Timbrook House come from the school system or juvenile court. Many of the referred youth are nonviolent offenders with serious truancy or behavioral problems who previously would have been sent to detention facilities or expelled from school. As the report states, the YRC has proven successful with the number of contacts between the police department and youth referred to the program declining.
“We are very proud of the services our staff provides to the kids at Timbrook House. We see this article as an opportunity to share our experience with other communities,” says Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher.
The National League of Cities published the report “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities” which describes innovative strategies from more than 40 cities and towns across the country. Visit www.nlc.org/smallcities to view the report.
NLC’s new report is designed to provide municipal leaders with new ideas and inspiration to guide local action on behalf of young people and families in their communities. The report draws upon information gathered from surveys, interviews, and a scan of promising practices identified by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and state municipal leagues. It explores the unique challenges and opportunities facing small and mid-sized cities that seek to improve outcomes for children and youth.
For more information on the Timbrook House please visit http://www.winchesterpolice.org/divisions/timbrook-house.html.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
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