Bookmark and Share

PSNI launch youth crime initiative

The PSNI have launched a new initiative aimed at tackling youth crime in Northern Ireland.

The aim of the scheme will be to provide an effective response to children and young people who are offending, at risk of offending or involved in anti social behaviour.

The initiative comes as figures show that between April and September 2003 almost 12,000 young people were referred to Police Youth Diversion Officers. 6,378 potential offenders were given warnings, 1,556 young people were given official cautions and 671 offenders were prosecuted.

Over 3,500 cases are still awaiting decision with many of the cases relating to theft, criminal damage (damage to property) and public order offences.

Commenting on the initiative, Superintendent Bobby Hunniford, Community Safety Unit, said: “In a recent report one of the public’s biggest concerns was underage drinking. This is just one example of anti social behaviour in which children and young people can become involved and its one that we can address through this new framework being launched today.

"If a child or a young person is offending or is involved in anti social behaviour it can very often lead to further offending. It is our job to prevent this and through the development of the Youth Diversion Scheme, we very much hope that we will do exactly that."

Around 47 Youth Diversion Officers across Northern Ireland and 28 Criminal Justice Managers will be involved in delivering the scheme.

These officers will liaise with parents, Restorative Conference facilitators, victims, Social Services, Educational Welfare, Probation Service and Youth Justice Agency representatives.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

10 January 2017
Do Not Use Fog Lights Unless Visibility Is 'Seriously Reduced' - PSNI
The PSNI have issued a warning to motorists not to use their fog lights unless their visibility is "seriously reduced". Police made the call after stopping a number of drivers with their fog lights on for "absolutely no reason". A PSNI spokesperson said: "It's dangerous and it's selfish.
14 December 2016
Drop In Number Of People Claiming Unemployment Benefits
There has been a drop in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland. According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), 500 fewer people were claiming unemployment benefits in November, bring the total to 33,600. The Northern Ireland rate of 5.7% is above the UK average.
06 December 2016
Extern To Buy New Homes To Help The Homeless
A charity has announced it is purchasing homes in north and west Belfast for people who are homeless. Extern is initially purchasing 10 houses to help homeless people rebuild their lives. The project is being supported by Charity Bank. No other charity in Northern Ireland has previously bought houses to move people from homelessness to homes.
05 December 2016
Teen Arrested In Connection With Anti-Social Behaviour In South Belfast
A teenager has been arrested in connection with anti-social behaviour following an incident at a play park in south Belfast. The 16-year-old boy was detained on suspicion of riotous behaviour after police came under attack at a park in the Stewart Street area on Sunday, 04 December.
14 December 2016
Post Office Workers To Strike For Five Days Over Christmas
Post Office workers are to take five days of strike action in the week leading up to Christmas. The Communications Workers Union (CWU) said it is in response to continuing attacks by company chiefs on job security and pensions, and in defence of the Crown Office network.
22 November 2013
Portadown Youth Centre Reopens
St Mary’s Youth Centre in Portadown, County Antrim, has been reopened following the completion of a £890,000 refurbishment. The project was funded jointly by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of Education (DE).
13 April 2015
New College For Young Offenders Opens
A new college for young offenders at Hydebank Wood in south Belfast has opened. The Northern Ireland Prison Service opened the college for 18-21 year old young men, which will address their offending behaviour through education, vocational training, mentoring and support programmes.
06 July 2015
Employment Minister Launches NEET Youth Forum
The NEET Youth Forum has been launched by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry. The Forum is a regional network of young people who have experienced difficulties in accessing education, employment or training.
16 October 2014
Executive Appeals For Halloween Safety
The Department of Health and the Department of Justice have made a public appeal to the public to stay safe this Halloween. Public Safety Minister Jim Wells and Justice Minister David Ford launched the 2014 Firework Safety Campaign at Hammer Youth Centre in north Belfast last night.
19 September 2013
£1.4m Youth Facility Announced For Belvoir
Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has announced that a new £1.4m youth facility will be provided for the Belvoir area of Belfast. The scheme will provide a stand-alone youth facility on the Belvoir Primary School site, with work scheduled to start before the end of the year and to be completed by late 2014.
28 November 2012
O'Dowd Launches Building Of Newry Youth Centre
Education Minister John O’Dowd has launched the construction of a new £1.2m youth centre in Newry. Speaking at the site, he said: "My Department invested £1.2m into this venture which will provide a shared space and neutral environment for the young people of this area.
15 January 2004
Belfast bids to attract 'Tall Ships' in 2008
Northern Ireland’s sail training organization has backed a campaign to have the world-famous Tall Ships Race return to Belfast in 2008.
14 November 2003
Young people the key to reconciliation says Murphy
Young people are our hope for the future of Northern Ireland, Secretary of State, Paul Murphy has said. The Minister was speaking at a reception for the Irish Youth Foundation in Chelsea at which the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, was also present. "Your role in our society is vital," Mr Murphy said.
28 July 2003
Youth games begin at UUJ
Around 200 young people are taking part in the Future Youth Games which began at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown today. The event, which runs until Thursday, is one of Northern Ireland's biggest community relation youth initiatives involving hundreds of youngsters from across the province and border counties.
16 December 2016
New Strategy Launches To Improve School Attendance
A 'Miss School = Miss Out' strategy has been introduced to improve pupils attendance at school. Education Minister Peter Weir said the strategy will help young people who struggle to attend school on a regular basis. The universal strategy formally brings together the policies which are already in place to ensure a consistent approach.