Apr 08, 2019

Project to tackle youth crime

Project to tackle youth crime

An initiative was officially kicked off in Mount Isa this week to cut youth crime by implementing measures that target repeat offending.

Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan joined Commissioner Ian Stewart and other government representatives to launch the Mount Isa Community Connect Project.

The project is a multi-agency initiative that aims to improve community safety and reduce youth associated crime and social disadvantage within Mount Isa.

Measures include delivering supportive early intervention methods, ensuring services delivered by government and non-government agencies are available at all times of need and there is a focus on school and vocational training attendance.

This project has implemented several recommendations outlined within the Atkinson Report as well as measures identified by the Mount Isa Regional Managers Coordination Network (RMCN).

Commissioner Stewart said the project would allow police to focus on crime prevention.

“These new measures will increase our options for police to divert child offenders from prosecution and detention centres,” he said.

“I am confident this project will improve community safety and reduce youth associated crime as well as social disadvantage within Mount Isa.”

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