Media release

Strike Force Orion – Youth Offending

Police

Police and Government Agencies have launched Strike Force Orion in a bid to crack down on youth offending.

The announcement comes following several unrelated youth crime incidents this week.

Young people who do the wrong thing must face the consequences. Northern Territory Government agencies are working together to prevent harm to the community and support victims, while working with at risk young people through prevention and diversion programs.

The Strike Force Orion aims to:

  • Deliver a coordinated high level structure comprising of NT Police, Territory Families, Housing, Education, DCM and Health to deliver a sustainable plan focussing on the response and management for high risk youth offenders;
  • Deliver proactive engagement/prevention plan to reduce the likelihood of further offending;
  • Be intelligence-driven utilising current data holdings across agencies to formulate joint case management and intervention plans for high risk youth and their families;
  • Map recent offending to focus resources on prevention activity, community engagement and reassurance to the community;
  • Focus on intervention strategies to reduce the impact of alcohol and domestic violence within the family home;
  • Engage with stakeholders to get traction on social service youth funded programs to assist breaking the cycle of offending;
  • Leverage off Neighbourhood Watch, Victims of Crime NT, BizSecure and Alcohol Secure to promote prevention and education;
  • Provide high visibility policing to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime.

Strike Force Orion will be responsible to the Children and Families Sub-committee with the Operation Centre established at Palmerston Police Station to facilitate co-location and coordination of Government services. 

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