ACP links single family parenting issues with federation’s youth crime

Speaking at the prime minister’s monthly press conference on May 27, Queeley pointed to single parenting and absentee fathers as a significant source of anti-social and criminal behavior among the federation’s youths.

He referred to his every day reality of the challenges that some single parents face.

Queeley told the media, “There is not a day in the week when at least ten to fifteen single mothers don’t call my office for responsibilities of fathers that are not forthcoming, and this redounds to some serious issues when it comes to crime, because they (children) become very susceptible to the pressures of their peers.”

According to the ACP, the lack of proper parental guidance and the lack of financial resources create the kind of circumstance that can lead to deviant behavior and eventually criminal activity.

“To put it very bluntly, if a young 13 year old is hungry, because there is no food in the house, and the fathers are not living up to their responsibilities, as someone pass down the road, they pull their bags, steal, rob and they go on and it escalates,” Queeley stated.

One part of the solution, Queeley believes, is to dialogue with community members, as he took the opportunity to promote a police town-hall meeting with the community of McKnight.

Queeley said, “We intend to engage the communities, because that is how we think we’re going to reach out to them… We’re going to reach out more to the schools.”

But he pointed out, also, that a “soft approach must be mixed with a hard approach… Going forward, there will be no excuse, and there will be no tolerance… There will be targeted approaches, and the gangsters must know that police will be looking”.

The ACP warned, however, that some of their strategies might be uncomfortable at times. “We want the public to know that even if you’re inconvenienced for a moment, this is not something that we’re going to let up on.”

Queeley said the police is invested heavily in the area of ballistics that will assist them in further pursuing “cold cases’, as they further enhance their forensic capabilities.

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