The EJM Program is intended to divert young persons away, pre-charge, from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. The EJM Program is designed for young persons who have been involved in non-violent offences for the first time. EJM allows the police to address the actions of young persons without utilizing the formal youth justice court system. The young person will participate in a structured and supervised program, taking into consideration the young person’s interests, skills, and abilities.
Goals of the Program:
- To provide an effective and timely response to offending behaviour outside the bounds of judicial measures
- To encourage the young person to acknowledge and repair harm caused to the victim and the community
- To respect the rights and freedoms of young persons and be proportionate to the seriousness of the offence
- Young persons ages 12-17 yrs at the time of the offence
- Young persons residing in Peel or Caledon
- Young persons who do not agree to participate in the program
- Peel Regional Police
- Caledon O.P.P.
The Investigating Officer will determine if the young person is suitable for the program. If the young person is a suitable candidate, the Officer will complete a referral form and forward it to the Co-ordinator responsible for EJM within the police force, who will then forward it to AYSP.
The EJM Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.