Three police officers who handle cases involving young people in Bloomfield, New Jersey, represent a new breed of cop.

They see their role as preventing crimes, not just responding to them afterward. They try to build connections with kids and keep them out of the criminal justice system.

The “tough on crime” days are over, especially with public scrutiny of police at an all-time high. These officers have adapted to big changes—and they’ve banded even closer together for support.