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 community agencies.
Community Youth Agencies
Agencies involved in providing youth services: