The Juvenile Bureau was traditionally charged with investigating crimes committed by juveniles/minors. Recently the role of the Juvenile Bureau has expanded to handle many non-criminal matters, referred to as status offenses, including run away juveniles, curfew violations, and truancy issues as well as non-delinquent juvenile matters such as child neglect and/or child abuse.
For juveniles, the police role is considered especially important, because a young person's views and attitudes toward law enforcement are shaped by their first encounter with a police officer. Investigators assigned to the Juvenile Bureau also work closely with members of other community service departments and organizations to bring aid to youth in crisis. For more information or to speak with a Juvenile Detective, call 330-489-3114.