19 April, 2024

Youth offences falling in first few months of 2024

Government agencies convened a one-day Youth Engagement and Programs Conference, celebrating a promising decrease in youth off ending in the first quarter of 2024.

Youth offences falling in first few months of 2024 - feature photo

Representatives from various agencies, including the Queensland Police Service, PCYC, and Department of Youth Justice, collaborated on early intervention and prevention strategies.

The Queensland Police Service reported a 10.7% drop in overall youth offences in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period last year.

Programs like Project Booyah have seen success, with 84% of participants graduating in 2023.

Additionally, 73% re-entered education, 42% pursued further education or training, and 35% secured employment.

Acting Superintendent Rob Fleischer praised the collaborative efforts across agencies, emphasising the importance of early intervention programs in redirecting at-risk youth.

He commended the dedication of agencies in addressing social issues contributing to offending, highlighting the role of such initiatives in fostering safer communities.

“Helping these young people means a safer community for all,” he said.


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