WALLINGFORD — Even though she is new to the position of director of youth and social services, Amanda Miranda is not new to the Town of Wallingford.
For 18 years, Miranda has worked in the Wallingford Police Department.
“I was the Assistant Youth Officer for about a year and then I moved into the youth officer role, civilian, at the police department where I worked with kids under the age of 18,” Miranda said. “… My role in that office was primarily diversion, so we would work with the officers if an incident came up with juveniles under the age of 18 where it could be an arrestable offense … We would do education, we would work with the families if they needed any additional services, and help them in that way.”
Because of a change in the way youth crime is handled, Miranda’s old position is no longer a part of the police department.
Miranda’s “work experience and qualifications certainly fit what the requirements are for the director of the youth service bureau,” said Mayor William Dickinson, Jr.
Miranda started in her new job Thursday.
“Right now, I am still trying to learn everything they do here,” Miranda said. “There’s so many types of programs.”
Miranda is looking to incorporate her experience with diversion into her new role.
“I think one of the major things is we’re creating a diversion program here, continuing work with the police department, working with the school system, continuing that role,” Miranda said. “Seeing what else the community needs and how we can be helpful.”
Miranda is excited about the change.
“Having access to things I haven’t had access to,” Miranda said. “Having access to different programs I didn’t necessarily have access to originally ... doing more work with the social service piece of it too. That’s a different role for me so that will be a fun experience for me.”
With her past experience, Dickinson said that Miranda will be able to help provide the services the town may need.
“We’re pleased that she is able to continue to work for the town,” Dickinson said. “She is now becoming acquainted with the programs that are provided through the YSS office and we’re looking forward to good things … Her experience has her very organized in intervention where there are troubled situations for youth and families.”