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Youth Aid Group Takes Alpine Crosses

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Youth Aid Group Takes Alpine Crosses

On 15 April 2010, Taupo Police Youth Aid staff in conjunction with Blue Light took a group of 7 teenage boys on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Youth Aid Officer, Constable Grant Russell said, "The trip was designed to challenge the boys and take them out of their comfort zone. This was certainly achieved with the weather closing in and the temperature dropping to freezing level".

Blue Light is a police youth programme designed to:

- reduce the incidence of young people becoming an offender or victim of crime.

encourage better relations between the police, young people, their parents and the community.

build self esteem and self confidence in young people

free from alcohol, drugs and violence.

It promotes the police as offering an integrated, pro-active youth service which takes a holistic approach to helping young people gain self confidence and life skills. Thereby reducing the incidence of them becoming offenders or victims.

This was the first Blue Light event organised in Taupo since 2007. A committee consisting of Police staff and members of the Taupo community has recently been formed. Further events will be organised.

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