By a decree of the Reich Ministry of the Interior in May 1939, a new Reich Center for Combating Youth Criminality became a department in the Reich Criminal Police Office. It was tasked with the police surveillance of youths. It had the power to use force, including sending youths to closed reform institutes. It would later be in charge of the “police youth protection camps” for young people who were deemed to have strayed from Nazi norms and ideals.
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