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RCMP Youth Liaison Officer pilot project getting noticed…

FORT ST. JOHN, BC: In September of 2018, the Fort St. John RCMP initiated a pilot project for a Youth Liaison Officer for the Detachment. Constable Chad NEUSTAETER had been selected for this position for his extensive history in working with youth. This position will run until June 2019 where it will be re-evaluated at that time to determine its effectiveness and if any modifications will be required. The story below is written by the Fort St. John RCMP and has been edited by PJXM News.

Cst. NEUSTAETER introduces himself to students as Officer Chad. He has close to 3 years of RCMP service and brings to the position 16 years of experience working with youth. Officer Chad is one of two DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) trained officers at the detachment that is instructing the DARE Program to grade 5 students. The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge to make safe and responsible choices with the hope of protecting themselves now and in the future.

Officer Chad talks to a classroom of students in Fort St John. RCMP PHOTO.

Officer Chad looks for any opportunity to connect with students while visiting various schools. His interactions vary from school visits, participating in recess activities with the youth, to presenting classes with proactive information on topics that are relevant to their safety.

Our interactions with the youth in elementary schools is about who are the police and what do they do. While sexting and managing your online presence, are key topics for middle school students, the Party (Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma in Youth) Program allows him to connect with students in the Senior Secondary Schools.

“Although the program is still in its early stages, I’m starting to see the benefits already,” advises officer Chad. “In the fall, I received feedback from a parent who let me know their children couldn’t stop talking about how I had participated in a game of Tag with them. I am extremely flattered that the youth in our community recognize me and feel comfortable just stopping to say hi.”

If anyone has any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to contact S/Sgt. Steve Perret of the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.

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