Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award
Corporal Brian Foote
RCMP, Mission Detachment
Corporal Brian Foote was the winner of the 2004 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award for creating and implementing the innovative idea of the Mission Family Support Network. In September 2003, the network began as a way of providing counselling and assistance to young people who are at risk of entering into the justice system or who have already started down the criminal path.
The network is designed to give police officers another avenue to deal with criminal behaviour rather than the traditional system. In less serious cases, the police can refer youth to the network, which then works with youth to help them understand the context of their actions and explores issues in their lives that might be leading them towards criminal tendencies. The network is geared for youth ages eight to 18 and brings together a number of different community agencies under one service model. Foote says "that this eliminates the number of hoops someone has to go through to get counselling." By offering a "one-stop-shop" for service delivery it helps the youth and their families navigate the systems and provides the police with one point of entry into a number of different agencies.
Certificates of Distinction
Sergeant David Jacob Harty
Calgary Police Service - About Face program
Constable Dean Roy
Durham Regional Police Service - Referral database
The Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award was established in 2000. Here are the previous award recipients:
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