12 Month Youth Justice Co-Responder Program, Townsville

A partnership between Townsville Police and local youth justice workers engages with at-risk youth outside of traditional policing models, helping to distract youth from criminal and anti-social behavior by building new relationships and giving them access to support services and agencies.

Teams engage vulnerable and at-risk youth to reduce antisocial behavior and criminal activity, provide support and assistance, often diverting youth to support services for a range of social issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, education and domestic and family violence.

The teams also connect families with vital support services through the Youth Co-Responder program, which is committed to making a real difference in the lives of troubled youth.

Since the start of the Townsville Youth Co-Sponsor Team (YCRT), the program has engaged youth on almost 3,200 occasions.

The Townsville YCRT provides a 24/7 response to youth in the metro area and also verifies young offenders by ensuring that bail and curfew conditions are met.

As of July 2021, the original Townsville team had 447 YCRT interactions and 487 alternate interactions.

Since the start of the YCRT in Townsville 12 months ago, 3,197 interactions with youth and 3,248 alternative interactions have taken place.

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