Key future initiatives
Early Intervention Pilot Program
The Early Intervention Pilot Program is an initiative eing developed under the national Ministerial council on Drug Strategy. It is designed to address he increasing level of binge drinking among young australians by providing an early intervention and diversion program. Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast police districts have been selected as pilot sites in queensland for the trial and the project will involve providing information and referral to a health service provider for young people under 17 who are at risk.
Gold Coast District Youth Project
Police in South Eastern Region are developing a multiagency project to address juvenile crime and anti-social behaviour. The project will also provide support to those youth at risk of developing criminal or risk taking behaviours. By providing a single referral gateway servicing police, community partners and government nd non-government service providers, it will enhance the ability of the QPS to provide timely, meaningful and appropriate referrals to community services for at-risk youth. The holistic approach of the project also increases the likelihood of successfully supporting the young person back into educational pathways or career opportunities.
Project Conduit in West End aims to reduce alcoholfuelled violence using partnerships developed through the West End Liquor Accord. The project is intelligence driven and works in conjunction with licensed premises in the area to implement proactive harm reduction strategies and improve public space enjoyment in the West End area.
Reviewing specialist courts
A number of the specialist courts programs are being evaluated and findings are scheduled for release between 2010 and 2012.
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) evaluation of the Murri Court Program is scheduled for release by the end of 2010. An evaluation of the Special Circumstances Court Diversion Program is also being undertaken by the AIC with interim findings scheduled for release in March 2011. The final report is scheduled for March 2012.
The Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre is also undertaking an evaluation of the Queensland Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment Program (QMERIT) with findings to be finalised by the end of 2010. A study of participants in the Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program (QIADP) is due for completion in 2010. The study examines differences in recidivism between people who complete the program and those who terminate early.