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Young offenders in Gravesham will be kept out of the criminal justice system with this new project

PUBLISHED: 12:41 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 06 July 2017

Gravesend businesses are partnering with the council to cut down on youth offending

Gravesend businesses are partnering with the council to cut down on youth offending

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The council is working together with retailers

A project to keep young offenders out of the criminal justice system by catching illegal behaviour early on has begun in Gravesham.

G SAFE Low-level Offenders Workshop (Glow) is partnering the council with local retailers to catch out badly-behaved youngsters and put them into workshops, before behaviour becomes a matter for the police.

The workshop will put the victim together with the young person and their parents or guardian, alongside representatives from G Safe, a business, council and policing partnership aimed at cutting crime around the borough.

Whilst there, the workshop hopes to give offenders “the opportunity to see the effect of their actions on themselves and others” while referrals to counselling can be made and potential negative influences highlighted.

Sophie Jordan, crime manager at G SAFE, said: “Shoplifting and low level offending is often viewed as a victimless crime. This is just not the case. It can affect profitability, jobs and ultimately the viability of businesses. There is a knock on effect for everybody. Thanks to our partner agencies Kent Police and Kent County Council for collaborating with us to deliver this project.”

Referrals will come straight from retailers who spot any low-level behaviour.

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