- admitted the offence;
- consented to a caution or YJC;
- committed an offence for which a caution or YJC can be given;
- and, is entitled to a caution or YJC.
The NSW Police Force Youth Strategy was recently launched and embraces three key priority areas—prevention, intervention and partnership. A number of priorities under these areas have been identified, including:
- Preventing youth offending and re-offending
- Protecting the vulnerable
- Disrupting youth crime cycles through early intervention
- Strengthening youth and community engagement
- Demonstrating strong commitment to agency collaboration, and
- Enhancing internal capabilities.
The NSW Police Force role in the youth justice system is a vital one. Youth Officers are the administrators of the Young Offenders Act for NSW Police. As part of their duties, they are responsible for delivering cautions and referring children and young people to youth justice conferences.
The Youth Officer role also involves implementing strategies to reduce juvenile crime including: crime prevention and safety talks at schools, juvenile crime reduction programs; and networking with other agencies. They are the primary point of contact between NSW Police and Youth Justice NSW. There is a YO at each of the 80 Police Area Commands or Police Districts across NSW.
Specialist Youth Officers
Specialist Youth Officers provide advice to police, young people and parents; make determinations for juvenile matters and verify juvenile charges in accordance with the Young Offenders Act.
PCYC - Police Citizens Youth Clubs
Our Police work to prevent and reduce crime by and against young people.They case manage young offenders and work closely with youth at risk to get them heading in the right direction - away from crime. Many of our Police Officers have individual tailored programs for young people at their clubs- log onto your local club site to see how Police are working with youth in your area!
RISEUP is a strategy developed by the NSW Police Commissioner, connecting disengaged young people to workplace opportunities.
RISEUP incorporates job ready programs, mentoring and vocational training for at risk youth aged between 15 and 18 to build their engagement with education, employment opportunities and the community. The initiative aims to partner with employers across NSW to create meaningful workplace opportunities for young people who’ve embraced positive change in their lives.
The foundations of the initiative focus on early intervention to prevent and disrupt crime. It is a collaborative approach with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) NSW and industry leaders to achieve positive outcomes for young people and divert them from the criminal justice system.
To find out more, visit - https://www.riseup.org.au/