Breaking the Cycle - 7 initiatives

Breaking the Cycle includes 7 initiatives to target at-risk young people to get them onto a better path and away from a lifetime of crime.

This is what the Territory Government has implemented:

  • Appointment of 7 additional Youth Outreach Officers to provide a new night service. Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers (YOREOs) engage with young people identified as being regularly involved in crime. They have expanded their service to include seven days a week from 8pm to 3am. YOREOs are specialist professional youth workers assigned to provide intensive support to young people up to the age of 17 who are unsupervised in public places in Alice Springs. They make dedicated referrals for ongoing support, programs and services to government and non-government youth services according to the needs of the young person. YOREOs work closely with NT Police, Territory Families Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement Team (YORET) and non-government youth services to ensure the safety of and ongoing support for young people.
  • Expansion of the youth drop-in centres at Gap Youth and Community Centre and Tangentyere Council Brown Street are now operating seven nights a week, and have extended their bus service.
  • Expansion of the hours of the Tangentyere Night Patrol to get young people off the streets. Patrols now run 7 nights a week from 6pm to 3am.
  • Creation of an Aboriginal Youth Outreach Service. The Aboriginal Youth Outreach Service Looking After The Kids (LATK) builds community cohesion and resilience by supporting cultural activities and events. In addition a team of senior, respected Aboriginal outreach workers provide advice and support to youth engagement officers and mentor young Aboriginal people, drawing on the cultural authority of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group and Tangentyere Council Men’s Four Corners Group.
  • Allocation of 2 school engagement officers to work with young people who have been identified as being disengaged from schooling. These officers have been appointed.
  • Place more mobile CCTV cameras in antisocial behaviour hotspots. Mobile CCTV cameras allow police to rapidly deploy an overt surveillance capability that can be monitored live to assist in detecting incidents and identifying and prosecuting offenders.

Last updated: 06 April 2022

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