RCIPS and Youth ACT take crime prevention to the schools

| 30/06/2016
CNS Local Life

Clifton Hunter students listen to presentations by officers and community activists

(CNS): Six officers with the RCIPS Neighbourhood Policing Department (NPD) recently participated in daylong crime awareness and prevention events for youth at both Clifton Hunter and John Gray high schools.  Organised by the Youth Anti-Crime Trust (Youth ACT) for the fourth straight year, the events feature presentations by local police and prison officers, crime-prevention activists and community leaders to describe the realities and impact of crime on society and individual lives.

The presentations are hard-hitting and meant to make an impression.  More than 2,000 year 8-11 students from all three high schools have been guided through the seminars in the past three years.

“I always look forward to this event because I have seen how it gets the students’ attention,” said PC Odale Mulgrave, an NPD officer who participated in the events. “Students hear about the realities of crime in a way that only those who have worked in this area or who have lived through it can really describe.”

Bonnie Anglin, co-chair of Youth ACT, said, “We believe in youth empowerment, not incarceration, and one thing that empowers youth is information.  This event gives them the raw information about crime and its impact, so they can make informed choices about their lives.”

Michael Myles, also co-chair of Youth ACT, added that the organisation “is committed to developing and implementing effective prevention programmes to address anti-social behaviour and reduce and prevent youth crime, and we encourage all citizens of our beautiful islands to contact us and get involved to support young people as they navigate through life”.

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