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National Youth Strategy

One of the RCMP's five strategic priorities is to reduce youth involvement in crime, both as victims and/or offenders.

Our current priority issues are:

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Youth Radicalization to Violence
  • Gender-based Violence,
  • Substance Misuse, and
  • Enhanced Road Safety

In order to reduce youth crime and victimization, the RCMP aims to:

  • Support sustainable long-term responses;
  • Support approaches that are consistent with the Youth Criminal Justice Act;
  • Focus on risk factors, prevention and early intervention; and
  • Promote youth engagement and empowerment.

To help achieve these goals, the RCMP focuses on:

Outreach and Engagement Intervention and Diversion
Increasing youth awareness and influencing youth behavior through behaviour modeling, mentoring, active learning and engaging youth to positively influence their peers, school and community. Intervening with youth offenders and victims of crime to address underlying causes of crime and victimization through direct programming, multi-agency partnerships and referrals to community programs.
This includes:
  • School-based prevention initiatives;
  • Community engagement;
  • Youth consultation;
  • Youth-police partnerships;
  • On-line resources; and
  • Technology-enabled engagement.
This includes:
  • Extra-judicial measures;
  • Restorative justice approaches; and
  • Multi-agency partnerships.

Many schools across RCMP jurisdictions have an assigned School Resource Officer who acts as a key contact for youth, parents and teachers in a specific school or group of schools. School Resource Officers support community policing efforts and often assist in delivering RCMP programs and local initiatives to youth.

The RCMP's Centre for Youth Crime Prevention website provides youth, police officers and adult youth educators with tools and resources to assist them in their interactions with youth in schools and the community. The site encourages effective youth engagement through critical thinking and provides resources on youth crime and victimization issues such as bullying, online safety, sexual consent, and drug-impaired and distracted driving, among other social issues facing youth.

It is important that young people have the opportunity to provide their perspective on issues that affect them since they are key players in the prevention of crime in communities. Understanding their perspective enables police officers to interact more effectively with and better understand youth. The RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee brings together youth from all over Canada to discuss important issues that they face in their respective communities, while providing valuable input to the RCMP's policies, programs and strategies.

The RCMP believes that the long-term prevention of youth crime and victimization can only be accomplished in partnership with the community. For this reason, the RCMP works closely with local organizations and social services so that young people who come into contact with the police, as either victims or offenders, receive the help they need to overcome the challenges in their lives.

For more information or to request a copy of the National Youth Strategy, please contact: