Skip to Main Content

Juvenile

Mission Statement

Polk County Juvenile Department provides a continuum of services to youth and their families that emphasizes accountability, community safety, and personal change.

 

PRIMARY GOALS


Prevention

Creating an environment that nurtures healthy, law abiding youth requires education and awareness, counseling, and diversion. The Juvenile division is proactively working towards this goal by providing a variety of community outreach opportunities, including classroom and parent education, drug and alcohol program assistance, and through community service integration.  

Intervention

Helping youth out of trouble and into a positive and productive lifestyle may require a variety of services ranging from individual guidance, family counseling, or multi-agency collaboration and problem solving. Intervention includes individual needs assessment, plan development, implementation, and accountability. It also involves referrals and placement, and diversion from formal sanctions.

Management

Caring for troubled youth with more serious offenses requires additional protective and corrective services, including needs assessment, case plans, recommendations to courts and families, and enforcement procedures.

KEY ELEMENTS OF
THE BALANCED APPROACH


Community Protection

The public has a right to a safe and secure community.

Accountability

Whenever an offense occurs, an obligation by the offender incurs.

Competency Development

Offenders who come within the jurisdiction of the court should leave the system more capable of living productively and responsibly within the community.

Individualization

Each offender has a unique set of circumstances and factors which have contributed to his/her offense/behavior. The response by the system to the offender should be individualized, and be related to an assessment of the unique contributing factors.

Balance

Justice is best served when the community, victim, and the offender receive balanced attention and all gain tangible positive outcomes from their involvement with probation.