Youth Diversion Programs
Youth in conflict with the law are dealt with under the federal legislation called the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
The YCJA deals with youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years of age and provides an alternative for youth incarceration. Youths receive counseling and education while providing restitution to the victim, instead of the normal criminal court process. This option is available to youth that have minimal involvement with the police provided the offence is a non-violent. Examples include shoplifting and minor damage to property.
The youth services section of the Chatham Kent Police Service consists of the Youth Coordinator, Constable Bryon Martin, who monitors youth investigations and diverts youth (when appropriate) to agencies such as Chatham-Kent Children Services, Mental Health Addictions Program, Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent, Walpole Island New Directions and Western Area Youth Services.
School Liaison Officers
Forty dedicated uniformed officers that are assigned to 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:
- Chatham-Kent Children’s Services
- Mental Health Addictions Program
- Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent
- Walpole Island New Directions
- Western Area Youth Service