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Youth Officer

"Connecting with youth to build a bright future."

The Youth Officer specializes in issues relating to youth crime, both proactively and reactively.

Proactively, the Youth Officer works to engage with at-risk-youth to bring resources they need to stay out of the Criminal Justice System in the first place.

Reactively, the Youth Officer will conduct proper criminal investigations, and lay charges against young offenders, when necessary, but will also consider alternative measures where appropriate.

Youth Officers work not only with the youths themselves, but with their families. They also engage social supports to help prevent at-risk-youth from committing an offence, or re-offending.

The Youth Officer will liaise with Family and Child Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington, with probation and parole at Youth Justice Services, and others to monitor at-risk-youth.

The Youth Officer is a resource for youth issues and advocates for them throughout the criminal justice process.

Constable Ashley Jackson
613-549-4660 x 6327

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Youth Diversion

Youth Diversion is a charitable organization, which offers programs and services for youth in the Kingston area. Youth can be referred to Youth Diversion by way of a referral from police and/or Crown Attorney.

Youth Diversion's purpose is to help youth to overcome challenges by: providing individualized services and programs to divert youth from risk; providing both intervention and prevention services; and, working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families, other

Extrajudicial Measures (EJM) and Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS) Programs

EJM occurs when a youth is referred by the police prior to charge being laid. EJS occurs when a youth is referred by the Crown Attorney after a charge has been laid. EJM and EJS is used to support/assist youth 12-17 charged with a low risk offence. These programs help youth to be accountable while also providing education and support for the youth and their family to prevent further conflict with the law.

A youth’s voluntary participation and engagement in an EJM/EJS program may divert them from criminal charges/criminal record.

Do you have what it takes?

Successful candidates must have a strong desire to work with at-risk youth and be able to connect and build relationships with them.

A Youth Diversion Officer must be capable of deciding when diversion is beneficial or when it is necessary to arrest and charge.

This job requires the ability to balance between social work and policing.

Interested in becoming an officer with Kingston Police? Visit our recruitment website and learn more about this challenging and rewarding career.

TEDx Talks

Constable Josh Conner served as the Kingston Police Youth Officer from 2015-2017, and in February 2018 he was one of the few chosen to speak at the TEDxQueensU event. Officer Conner spoke about his time working with youth while serving 3 years as the Kingston Police Youth Officer. He also discussed the perception of police and the different roles they police play within the community.

You can watch his talk, “My community needed a youth officer, not a TV cop” on YouTube.

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