Rockhampton police recognised for reining in youth offenders
NOT only has Greg Jones brought a whole generation of kids through schoolies' celebrations, he has done it without a single arrest.
Sgt Jones (30 year clasp to the QPS medal) was among 43 police officers recognised yesterday during an award ceremony in Rockhampton.
He and plain clothes Constable James Verney, who received the Assistant Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Crime Prevention, have been heavily engaged in youth crime prevention initiatives.
Sgt Jones is preparing for his 12th schoolies week in Yeppoon and said the answers to problems with youth crime lie in early intervention.
Rockhampton's Horizon Early Intervention, or boot camp, is now in its second phase and Sgt Jones said they had noticed a big difference in the 13-14 year-old participants.
"They are realising what they can do and what they're capable of," he said.
"In the second phase they spend 10 days out in the bush and it really brings them back different.
"We've had feedback from them and now we're looking forward to getting feedback from the schools."
A small decrease in property crime coincided with police doing after hours volunteer work at the PCYC.
Sport has long been used in youth crime prevention and rehabilitation programs.
Sgt Verney said indigenous youth were being engaged in something they were naturally good at.