An initiative is being launched shortly targeting a hundred and fifty of this country’s at risk youth aiming to turn their lives around as part of government’s crime prevention effort.
The program comes against the background of worry over the number of young men becoming involved in crime, with a recent series of robberies and attempted robberies heightening that concern.
The initiative is being spearheaded by the National Peace Program, the project arm of the Crime Prevention Unit in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Director of the National Peace Program, Akil Daley, tells Starcom Network News, the aim is for direct intervention to reach some of the most urgent cases.
Mr. Daley believes there are several reasons for youth crime.
Director of the National Peace Program, Akil Daley.
Meantime, several of the operatives in the National Peace Program fanned out across the city today visiting various liming blocks to engage directly with the youngsters.
Kevin “Sluggy Dan” Watson, one of those working with the program, explained the objective.
He noted that 32 change agents work seven days a week in communities all across Barbados under a program that commenced last November.
Kevin “Sluggy Dan” Watson of the National Peace Program.