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In Queensland, a tragic incident involving the alleged murder of a 75-year-old man outside a shopping center has shed light on concerns regarding youth crime. The Queensland Police Service’s data showed a positive development with a 16% reduction in offenses involving individuals under 18 in the Toowoomba Darling Downs region. To combat youth offending, initiatives like Taskforce Guardian and the utilization of PolAir have been instrumental in targeting and addressing this issue.

Despite the progress made, challenges persist in effectively addressing youth crime. The focus has shifted towards advocating for a holistic approach to the youth justice system. Griffith University’s Associate Professor Troy Allard underscores the importance of prevention over deterrence, emphasizing the need for programs that integrate therapy and family involvement to steer young offenders away from criminal activities. This shift signals a necessary evolution in strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of communities in Queensland.


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Article Title: Drop in Toowoomba’s youth crime, Qld Police say, but Griffith Uni criminologist calls for rethink
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