The Youth Bureau is the investigative arm of the Police Department charged with the detection, investigation, deterrence and prevention of delinquency behavior and juvenile crime.
Major tasks and duties include:
- The handling, follow-up and disposition of all complaints and/or case investigations involving youths under 17 years of age.
- The investigation of all sex crimes committed by AND against children under 17 years of age.
- The confidential processing of youthful offenders.
- The preparation and presentation of juvenile court cases.
- The diversion of first-time juvenile offenders out of the juvenile justice system (i.e. social/human service agency referrals).
- The provision of assistance to the School District and Youth Services Bureau on matters involving truancy, troubled youths and delinquency prevention programming.
- Working closely with the Department of Children & Families to help the children of New Britain.
The Youth Bureau supervisor is Sgt. Kenneth Panetta. He can be reached at (860) 826-3150 or 3151 or via e-mail:
When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide (Spanish Version)
The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective