LNP Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP is committed to delivering extra school and community based police and trialling a Youth Boot Camp Diversion Program to help break the cycle of youth crime and detention in Kawana.
“The LNP’s Youth Boot Camp Diversion Program will target offenders who are at risk of going off the rails and falling into more serious crime,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Boosting the number of police in schools will help also prevent crime as it will foster positive partnerships between police, students and the broader school community.
“While the LNP will be tough on the worst young criminals, including expanding the naming and shaming laws, we also want to try and intervene before crime becomes a problem at the community level by working with our youth to stop them falling off the tracks.”
Mr Bleijie said while youth crime had spiralled out of control, the number of police officers in Queensland schools had stagnated under this tired, 20-year Labor government.
“A CanDo LNP government will work with schools, P&Cs and communities to deliver 15 more school-and-community based police across Queensland, almost a 50 per cent increase.
“Fifty schools will have school-and-community based police in three years.
“The LNP will also establish an ‘Adopt a School’ program which connects local police to local schools where there is no permanent school based police officer.
“The LNP is determined to tackle youth crime by giving young people genuine opportunity to learn values, respect for others and to take responsibility for their behaviour and their future.
“The trial boot camp will take juveniles convicted of custodial offences and divert them into an intensive three-month program.”
Mr Bleijie said the trial would have a $2 million budget over two years and would deliver structured training, mentoring and support for 80 young offenders who would otherwise go to detention.
He said the LNP would create a sentencing option for courts to provide juvenile offenders and their families with the option to go to boot camp.
“Through structured training, mentoring and support these young people will get back self esteem and confidence and they will have the opportunity to get an apprenticeship or even go back to school,” Mr Bleijie said.
“We need to change Labor’s current revolving door approach that keeps sending repeat offenders off to detention centres which are more akin to colleges of crime than real centres for rehabilitation.
“Together, we can make our streets and school communities safer and offer a genuine alternative to a life of crime.
“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”