Police trained to properly deal with juvenile offenders [Archives:2008/1204/Local News]
Yemen Times Taiz Bureau
TAIZ, Nov. 1 ) A workshop to raise police officers' awareness on how to deal with juvenile offenders was organized by the Department of Women and Children's Affairs in the Interior Ministry in cooperation with UNICEF between 17 and 27 October in the Red Crescent Centre in Taiz.
The seminar was led by Dr. Ali Awad Farwah, General Director of the Department of Women and Children's Affairs in the Interior Ministry. A hundred and twenty police officers from the governorates of Sana'a, Taiz, and Hodeidah, a third of which were policewomen, participated in the training.
According to Farwah, the workshop aimed at increasing police officers' awareness of how to treat young offenders and minimize the use of violence against them.
Yemeni children are not only exposed to police violence but also to domestic violence, early marriage, sexual abuse and child smuggling. Violence against children eventually leads them to homelessness and crime. In addition, family disintegration and the absence of connections between families and schools lead children to behave illegally, according to Farwah. “In all cases