Garda initiative set to target youth crime

by Ian Begley

A total of €125,000 in funding for a new project to prevent youth crime in Lucan has been announced by local Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.
The funding will go towards establishing the first ever Garda Youth Diversion Project in Lucan which will work to prevent youth crime in the local community.
Crosscare Lucan Youth Services have been selected to run the new Youth Diversion Project, which will be based at the Griffeen Youth Centre, working closely with local gardai. Two new staff will also be appointed to Lucan as part of the new project.
Garda Youth Diversion Projects serve young people who are at risk of getting into trouble with the law. The projects are designed to help young people develop their sense of community and their social skills through different activities.
The project offers young people opportunities in education, employment training, sport, art and music.
Making the announcement Minister Fitzgerald said: “Lucan is a generally a safe place to live. But Lucan is also seeing a massive explosion it its teenage population. It is important that we invest to support this young population, to provide positive opportunities for recreation and socialising while working to prevent any negative trends such as involvement in youth crime.
“As local TD and Justice Minister I am committed to support An Garda Siochana in their proactive efforts to work with young people to deter them from crime.
“The new Lucan Youth Diversion project is a first for our area and I hope it will play an important role in supporting local young people and preventing youth crime in our community.
“I would like to wish Crosscare Lucan Youth Services the very best as they set-up this new project. I would also like to commend Lucan gardai, led by Superintendent Dermot Mann in their ongoing efforts to keep our communities safe.”
The allocation to Lucan forms part of a larger €2.8 million allocation from the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme to expand Garda Youth Diversion Services in communities across the country.
Lucan is one of 10 areas nationwide which will receive a new Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP). This will bring to 110 the total number of GYDP’s in operation. In addition Minister Fitzgerald has allocated funding for the recruitment of additional staff to 14 existing Garda Youth Diversion.
Minister Fitzgerald concluded: “This investment in new and expanded projects in Lucan and right across the country demonstrates my commitment as Minister for Justice to work to prevent and reduce youth crime.”

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