Santa Monica Police Department's Youth Diversion Program

The Santa Monica Police Department is working to achieve the goals of minimizing exposure to the formal criminal justice system and reducing recidivism rates for juveniles in Santa Monica using the strategies of early identificiation, diversion and connection to local services by working with probation and local non-profits.  SMPD will begin rolling out a diversion program on April 1st with a formalized counsel and release process for all infraction cites.  As we continue to develop the program we look forward to sharing the design.