Assistant Commissioner Kevin Guteridge was joined by Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting MP, in Burnside last Friday, September 11, to celebrate the graduation of seven young men from the Project Booyah program.
Project Booyah is a Queensland Police Service (QPS) led early intervention program which, in partnership with the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA), targets at-risk young people and seeks to address their disengagement with family, community and education, and reduce offending.
Assistant Commissioner Guteridge said the aim of Project Booyah was to eliminate anti-social tendencies in at-risk young people.
"The program is designed to empower disconnected young people and channel their energy into productive ventures that improve their health, education and employment opportunities," he said.
"Through their involvement in this program, these seven young men have built their resilience and begin to develop the tools to make good decisions that will positively affect their futures.
"Project Booyah participants learn valuable like skills and are shown how to make positive steps to improve their relationships with police, their families and their community, which results in a reduction in anti-social behaviours and incarceration rates."
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, recently announced that funding for the program has been made permanent by the Palaszczuk Government, with more than $4.13 million over four years and $1.29 million ongoing provided for the Framing the Future component of the program to assist participants after they graduate.
Project Booyah supports the Queensland Government's commitment to building a youth justice system to address the causes of offending, ensuring young people are held responsible for their behaviour, and drawing on the positive benefits of rehabilitation to build stronger communities.
The project is currently running in nine sites across Queensland, including Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Pine Rivers, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and the Gold Coast.