Generally, most adolescents and teenagers are on a path, which leads to them becoming productive adults. However, there are those who are at significant risk of veering off that path because they may engage in behaviours with negative consequences, such as drug abuse, alcohol use, unprotected sexual activity or violence.
The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force cognizant that a number of cultural influences lay the foundation for some of the problems facing children and youth, has strategically initiated the Police Youth Clubs to alleviate factors that create risk and negative social behaviours.
The activities put on by the Police Youth Clubs are strategically designed to help equip children, youth and parents with essential tools that they need to make safe and healthy choices. They are also given facts that they need to know about illicit drug use, under-age drinking, self-control strategies and alternatives to make the best decisions when they are confronted with challenging situations.
The Police Youths Clubs are interactive organizations under the ambit of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, which engage participants through various activities such as presentations, lectures, camps, field trips, physical training, drills, games and sports, church service, talent display and fund raising activities. At present, there are approximately twenty five (25) Police Youth Clubs throughout St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
Police Youth Clubs were introduced in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in September 2000 through the efforts of Mr. Arden Tannis, now retired Inspector of Police. A Club was started in Barrouallie with five boys. Over the ongoing months the numbers increased as parents in the community saw the benefits of such initiative. The Barrouallie Police Youth Club was officially launched on July 15, 2001, with 135 members comprised of both males and females ages ranging from 7-18.