16 Nov '11, 7am

New measures ahead to keep at-risk youths away from gangs

New measures ahead to keep at-risk youths away from gangs

Singapore: A slew of measures will be introduced to help at-risk youths stay away from crime and gangs. The comprehensive set of measures addresses youths at different stages of their involvement with gangs. The initiatives were announced today by Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli at a security conference. Mr Masagos is also the head of the working group on recommendations to deal with youth gangs. Among the measures, a move to enhance "streetwise programme", a voluntary programme for youths associated with, or who are members of secret societies and gangs. The programme will be enhanced to be a pre-court diversionary programme for youths who are arrested for gang membership or gang-related offences such as rioting. This means that youths who complete the programme successfully could be let off with a warning in lieu of court prosecuti...

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