Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brooklyn DA Track Program - What is it? Presentation & Q&A

  • Host:
    Parents of NY Teens

On January 11th, Parents of NY Teens invites you to an overview of the TRACK program presented by the Brooklyn DA's office.  If you are interested in attending. let me know at

In response to the well documented linkage between juvenile delinquency, day time crime and youth victimization, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes is New York City’s first DA to comprehensively address these issues by formulating an innovative program specifically designed to combat truancy.   
In April of 1998, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes started the Truancy Reduction Alliance to Contact Kids, commonly known as the TRACK Program.  The TRACKProgram is a collaborative partnership between District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Education, as well as a wide spectrum of community based organizations, houses of faith, and a wide array of New York City agencies.   
District Attorney Charles J. Hynes recognizes that truancy is a public safety issue. Mr. Hynes states, “Young people limit their opportunities because of mistakes in judgment or [because of] a lack of education.”  He continues by saying, “Some become parents at an early age, [while] others fall into a life involving crime.  A truancy program teaming parents, students, schools, police, prosecutors and community services can make a difference.”
The TRACK Program operates out of seven TRACK Centers located throughout Brooklyn.  Centers are operational between the hours of 9:30 AM and 2 PM on days when school is in session.  If a child is not in school between the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM, Case Law allows an Officer to stop the student and ask the student about his/her destination.  If an Officer determines that the child is truant, the Officer must escort the student to the nearest TRACKCenter.  This is done for the purpose of the student’s safety.
When the student arrives at a TRACK Center, the following takes place: 
  1. A Police Officer obtains the student’s pertinent contactinformation and contacts the student’s parent and/or guardian.  Parents are told to come to the Center, meet with a social worker, if they wish, and return their children to school.  Last year, 85% of the parents picked up their children and returned them to school.
  2. An Educational Specialist, employed by New York City’s Department of Education, verifies that the student is enrolled in school and enrolls any child who is not.
  1. School Safety Agents, employed by the New York City Police Department, maintain order and safety at the Center; and return children back to school in the event that a parent is unable to. 

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