Six young offenders who ransacked a childcare centre in a remote community in the Barkly region have been made to clean up their mess in a case of restorative justice police are saying has had positive outcomes for all involved.
NT Police Barkly Superintendent Kylie Anderson said on January 26, the group of children, aged 9 to 13, forcefully entered the unnamed childcare centre and ransacked the premises, leaving extensive damages.
Supt Anderson said police coordinated with the offender’s parents and responsible guardians and had the children return to the centre and clean the mess they made for more than three hours.
“Community leadership and cooperation between residents, the families involved, and police led to the children learning to take immediate responsibility for their actions,” she said, adding that the children were given an opportunity to think about their behaviour.
“Unfortunately, a significant amount of damage to a local and essential agency in this community was caused as a result of the behaviour of a few.”
She did not mention the extent of the damages caused by the children.
“Arising from a positive relationship between community members and their police officers, these children were given an opportunity to think about their behaviour and spent three hours cleaning and tidying up the results of their actions,” Supt Anderson said.
“Remote policing is often challenging, however the reward is working closely with community members and collectively addressing issues that impact on community safety together.”