Breaking the Cycle of Youth Crime in Alice Springs


The Northern Territory Government is committed to breaking the cycle of youth crime and antisocial behaviour in Alice Springs.

The Breaking the Cycle of Youth Crime plan will deliver a suite of measures to make Alice Springs safer. The Northern Territory Government will:

  1. Expand the hours of the youth drop-in centres at Gap Youth and Community Centre and Tangentyere Council Brown Street to operate seven days a week.
  2. Expand the hours of the Tangentyere Night Patrol to help get young people off the streets. It will run seven days a week from 6pm-3am.
  3. Appoint seven Youth Engagement Night Officers (YENOs) to engage with young people identified as being regularly involved in crime. They will operate seven days a week from 8pm-3am. YENOs will support NT Police and work closely with Territory Families’ Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement Team (YORET) and with non-government youth services.
  4. Allocate two School Engagement Officers to work with young people who have been identified as being disengaged from schooling.
  5. Allocate three School Compliance Officers to work with young people when attempts to increase school attendance has not been successful.
  6. Place more mobile CCTV cameras in anti-social behaviour hotspots. MobileCCTV 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.
  7. Create an Aboriginal led Youth Outreach Service to build community cohesion and resilience through community engagement and supporting cultural activities and events. A team of senior, respected Aboriginal outreach workers will provide advice and support to youth engagement officers and mentor Aboriginal youth, drawing on the cultural authority of the Tangentyere Council Men’s Four Corners Group and Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group.

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Breaking the cycle Alice Springs

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