Youth engagement officers

The Northern Territory Police Youth Engagement Officers service in excess of 140 primary and secondary schools at urban, regional and remote communities across the NT.

Youth Engagement Officers are responsible for carrying out a proactive policing role through the establishment of positive relationships with students, parents and teaching staff to promote a supportive learning environment and safer school communities.

Fully sworn police officers, they also perform operational duties associated with their positions including regular patrols of residential areas, shopping complexes and bus interchanges both proactively and in response to reports of antisocial or criminal behaviour involving students.

Youth Engagement Officers are involved in the identifying youth at risk within the school system and working with Department of Education and Training to ensure that appropriate programs are in place to assist these students.

They also assist in the Family Responsibility Agreement and order process by identifying youth and families that may benefit from intervention by way of an agreement or order and establishing initial contact with these families and maintaining contact with them during the term of the agreement.