Richard Dudley
Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police 

New Perspectives in Policing Series


In a report released by Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety (2008-2014) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Executive Session member Richard Dudley has summarized the current understanding of the effects of ongoing trauma on young children, how these effects impair adolescent and young adult functioning, and the possible implications of this for policing.

In this newest edition of the New Perspectives in Policing series, Dr. Dudley further identifies that while any child exposed to violence violence in the home is at risk, children from poor communities of color tend to be at even greater risk due to their additional exposure to street violence. Because these poor communities of color are often the focus of police attention, the author notes that it is imperative that police appreciate... MORE