Advocates and Police Say Children Witnessing a Parent’s Arrest Need ‘Empathy’

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When police in Albany, NY make an arrest, they take special care if children are around.

A so-called Model Policy encourages officers to be aware of the risk that children of parents who are detained will suffer serious trauma unless they are treated with empathy during the time of arrest.

“Sometimes, in the criminal justice world…you forget about that empathy,” Chief Brendan Cox of Albany’s police department, told a conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice . . .

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