Programs for Children and Youth
Richmond RCMP Youth Intervention Program
To provide assessment, counselling and/or referral services to youth (17 years and younger) referred by RCMP members who have been identified by actual or potential conflict with the law. For those referrals that fall under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Police Officer has made a decision to give the youth an opportunity to learn more productive and socially acceptable behaviours and to understand the consequences of continued criminal behaviour. The goals of the program are 1) to prevent the youth from committing further offenses and 2) to assist the family with resolving any underlying issues which may be contributing to problematic behaviour. Referrals from the community, schools, and other agencies are accepted on a case-by-case basis. The length of involvement with each youth and his/her family is dependent on the counselling issues identified. This program is fully funded by the City of Richmond. Both program staff have completed Masters Degrees in Counselling Psychology.
What is DARE?
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a prevention education program that provides a pro-active approach to a global substance abuse problem. It is a co-operative effort between the community, the schools and the police.
Why is it important?
DARE educates children at the crucial grade 5 level, which prepares them for entry into high school, where they are most likely to encounter pressure to use drugs.
The DARE instructors are carefully selected and specially trained, uniformed law enforcement officers. The DARE curriculum focuses on providing children with the following:
- accurate information about the effects of drug use and drug abuse
- skills for recognizing and resisting pressure to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
- enhanced self-esteem
- positive alternatives to substance use and violent behaviour
- decision making skills that help them realize the consequences of the choices they make
- the ability to use non-violent ways to deal with anger and disappointment
- improved interpersonal and communication skills
DARE encourages a positive and healthy lifestyle among youth.