International Association of Chiefs of Police - Community Policing Award (2006) - HVPD Police Involving Parents (PIP)
Teenagers and parents in Highland Village complained that police response to youthful misbehavior was unduly harsh and adversarial. Parents feared that citations for minor infractions would hurt teens’ ability to secure college admission and future employment. The Department responded by developing the Police Involving Parents program to provide an opportunity for teens, parents, and police to partner at the time of an infraction and develop an appropriate, parent-enforced punishment. The program was designed to prevent similar behavior from occurring in the future while allowing the teenager to keep a clean permanent record. Every parent who was eligible to participate chose to do so. As a result of this cooperative effort, repeat youth offenders decreased by 25 percent.