Youth Referral Coordinator
The Youth Criminal Justice Act gives police officers alternatives to criminal charges when dealing with young people committing crimes like vandalism, theft, simple assaults, and mischief.
These alternatives include a warning or caution, referring the youth to a community program to help them not commit crime, or even the option to take no further action.
If these options do not work for the situation, the young person can be referred to the VPD Youth Referral Coordinator. The coordinator recommends a community organization to work with the youth and ensure they are accountable for their actions. This could include a personal apology to any victim(s), or repairing or paying for any damage caused. It might also involve counselling or participation in an after-school sports program, or spending time with a mentor.
The goal is to have the young person held accountable to their community, or to the community they have harmed, and divert them away from the courts by getting them involved in something positive in the community.