This program offers young people an active role in reducing crime in their school and neighborhood. It challenges youth to reduce drugs, violence, and crime, and its helps youth and adults recognize that students can and must be part of civic problem-solving, community partnership development, and crime prevention.
Each Youth Crime Watch (YCW) Program has either a teacher, guidance counselor or someone from the school staff as a program advisor. The advisor is essential to the program he or she guides the YCW members in all activities. The Community Police Unit Officers work with advisors at each school. Officers meet with the students from each school at least twice a month after school
The YCW program is an important part of the Community Policing objectives in reducing violence within the city's schools.