is a partnered program with Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA of Northern Alberta
, and the Edmonton Police Services
. There are two streams to this program one being Diversion and the second being Support. With Diversion EPS officers refer youth who have been caught with conducting a small offence crime, these youth are then referred to DIVERSIONfirst
. In the DIVERSIONfirst
program, all partnered agencies work with the youth to identify the offence and divert that youth from re-offending through an apology, community service and connecting to resources. The second aspect of this program is having youth who are in need of all-around support connected with services that will help them step out of crisis and lower the risk of offending. DIVERSIONfirst
works with youth 10-17 in the Edmonton, Alberta region.