New youth programs kick into high gear

Surrey

2017-11-14 08:25 PST

The Surrey RCMP continues to provide multiple education, prevention, and intervention programs that encourage young people to make the right choices and prevent them from getting involved in a life of crime and gang violence.

In the past three years, the detachment has increased its Youth Unit by 20% and has started focusing on younger age groups, realizing the positive impact this can have once students enter secondary school.

During the 2017/2018 school year, the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit is working closely with its school and community partners to increase positive youth-police engagement in one of the largest school districts in the province. Here are a few examples of the new initiatives these police officers are involved in:

Cst. Leia Paddon engages with young female as part of Girls Got Game initiative

 Cst. John Wilson and Big Brothers mentor talk with students as part of Game On! initiative

In addition to these initiatives, School Resources Officers are assigned to every school in Surrey and are responsible for not only attending calls for service at schools, but for education and outreach with students of all ages.

I am very proud of the role the Surrey RCMP plays in the continuing expansion of youth programs, initiatives, and positive youth-police engagement opportunities, says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Surrey RCMP Community Services Officer. Together with our school and community partners, we are committed to providing a multi-pronged approach to support youth as they navigate their way into adulthood.

The Surrey School District has long been focused on finding innovative ways to help our youth stay on the right track and away from a life of crime, says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. Working with the Surrey RCMP and other community partners, we continue to explore unique opportunities to get through to kids about the trappings of a criminal lifestyle. As a community, we must break the cycle of criminal behaviour and show that there are other more productive options out there to succeed in life.

The Surrey RCMP is committed to a long-term strategy to address the issue of youth criminal involvement by promoting positive choices for kids and accessible support and guidance to parents. In addition to our prevention and education initiatives, we have a number of intervention strategies that include our Parent Helpline, Youth Intervention Program, and Restorative Justice Program.

For a complete list of the Surrey RCMP’s youth programs, please visit our website.
 

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