Police must be trained in dealing with juveniles

It was with sadness that I read about the case of the 14-year-old boy who fell to his death following questioning by the police ("Police to review the way youth are questioned"; Feb 2).

Young people are more vulnerable than adults, so it is necessary to handle such accused individuals with sensitivity and compassion.

Ideally, mature adult officers should be engaged, preferably officers experienced and familiar with the temperaments of young people.

We have a juvenile court to deal with offences committed by people below 16 years of age.

If there isn't already a similar unit in the police to deal with juveniles, it is time to consider setting one up. Such a unit should have officers specially trained in dealing with young alleged offenders.

Tan Thiam Soon