Youth in conflict with the law are dealt with under the federal legislation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The YCJA deals with youth between the ages of 12 to 17yrs of age and provides an alternative for youth to receive counseling and education while providing restitution to the victim, instead of the youth being charged with the offence involved and attending court resulting in a possible criminal record.
This option is available to youth that have minimal involvement with the police with the offence being a non-violent nature. These offences would include shoplifting and minor damage to property.
The youth services section of the Chatham Kent Police Service consists of the Youth Coordinator Constable Derek Shaw who monitors the youth investigations and diverts the youth when appropriate to agencies such as Chatham Kent Children Services, Mental Health Addictions Program, Restorative Justice Chatham Kent, Walpole Is. New Directions and Western Area Youth Services.
School Liaison Officers
Forty dedicated uniformed officers that are assigned to the general patrol assist youth services by partnering with ten secondary schools in Chatham-Kent. Together they work with the school community ensuring the safety of our schools and building relationships with our youth.
Community Youth Agencies
Agencies involved in providing youth diversions: