The Gateway Initiative
The Gateway Initiative is a program delivered in partnership with the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Neighborhoods, designed to connect police, young people, their families and community resources. Gateway is designed to intervene with youth between the ages of 12 and 17, who commit a first or second-time minor, non-violent, chargeable offence. The youth must accept responsibility for the offence and be willing to participate in the program.
The program coordinator is the single point of contact for referrals from Calgary Police officers. This initiative offers quick access to effective intervention for youth, and allows police and court resources to focus on more serious crime. The Gateway Initiative addresses the causes of crime at both the individual and community levels, and provides youth and families with access, through referral, to community resources.
The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) places an increased emphasis on police to use discretion when encountering youth. The legislation also aims to reduce the number of youth entering the formal justice system. The Gateway Initiative is an “Extrajudicial Measures” program under Section 6 of the YCJA.
For more information, you can email the Gateway Initiative team at firstname.lastname@example.org.