The Youth Services Unit oversees all youth-related programs and outreach efforts, including the School Resource Officer Program and other school programs, mentorship and outreach initiatives, internships, and employment opportunities.

Youth Services Unit Programs and Initiatives

School Programs

VBPD works closely with faculty and staff from Virginia Beach’s Public Schools.

Check out the School Programs

Mentorship & Outreach

Mentoring young people and fostering positive relationships with youths is a critical mission of the Youth Services Unit.

Learn about mentorship and outreach

Internships & Employment

The Youth Services Unit offers multiple internship and part-time employment opportunities to eligible youths.

Internships & Employment

Summer Camps

The Youth Services Unit offers multiple camps in the summer to give young people chances to interact directly with police officers in positive environments.

Summer Camps

Overview of Juvenile Justice System

The juvenile justice system is designed to rehabilitate and educate juveniles, helping them learn from their experience and avoid future contact with the justice system. This is accomplished by addressing the offense committed, needs of the juvenile, and treatment options. The desires of the victim are also taken into consideration by the Court Services Unit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judges. Since secured detention is intended for the most serious offenders, there are alternatives to detention, including diversion options.

If a juvenile enters the juvenile justice system through police contact, a decision is made whether to counsel and release the juvenile or to make an arrest. If a parent or citizen is making the complaint, they will need to go to Juvenile Intake to complete the required paperwork. The Court Services Unit makes the decision, in collaboration with the complainant and victim, whether to take informal action, file a petition, or take no action at all. Once a petition has been filed, an intake officer assesses if the juvenile should be detained or released to his or her parent(s)/guardian(s). The decision is based on several factors, including the offense committed, the juvenile’s criminal record and use of weapons.