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March 2012. Gaborone, Botswana: From the 20-24 February 2012, the Botswana Police Service under the Ministry of Justice, Security and Defence trained 228 pre-service police officers on juvenile justice, child friendly processes and procedures, with support from UNICEF. 

The training provided pre-service police officers with information on child development and the change process as well as factors associated with juvenile offending; international legal instruments and standards of dealing with children in conflict with the law and engaging children in treatment and rehabilitation. 

Police officers come in contact with children who are in conflict with the law on a daily basis and should therefore have a good understanding of child development and other resources necessary to meet these children's psychosocial needs. 

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