The Juvenile Division of the Albany County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (ACPO) reviews all complaints involving child delinquency and child protection issues through a single-point of entry and child protection team.
Single Point Team
The Single Point Team meets weekly to determine whether the best interest of a child and/or of the public require that judicial action be taken, or whether the specific case warrants referral to community based diversion or services.
Child Protection Team
The Child Protection Team meets biweekly to determine potential safety risks to children for the juvenile division to file complaints for abuse or neglect or to provide preventative services outside of judicial action. Members of the Single Point and Child Protection Teams include law enforcement, school district and child welfare agencies and service provider representatives.
Juvenile Service Board
The Community Juvenile Service Board, along with a nonprofit child welfare agency, assisted with the development of a guide to provide objective criteria and guidance the Single Point Team in processing of youth accused of committing a delinquent/criminal act or a status offense, with an end goal of positive youth justice.
Additionally, truancy protocols were established to reduce student contact with the juvenile justice system and involvement in criminal activity by decreasing habitual truancy of eligible students in the school district. The ACPO contracts with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide diversion services including a truancy program and partners with Wyoming Department of Family Services to provide preventative services for families at risk.
Juvenile Traffic Citations
The ACPO office refers youth charged with traffic citations to Alive at 25, a 4 ½ hour driver’s awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers. The course includes defensive driving classroom curricula to gain awareness and develop strategies to keep youth safe on the road.