ACT Policing has charged a 17-year-old south Canberra youth with multiple offences after he was arrested near a residence in Kambah yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 17).
Police will allege that over a number of months the youth has been involved in a range of criminal incidents in the Tuggeranong Valley in which he was driving whilst disqualified, driving a motor vehicle without consent and other street and traffic-type offences.
A search warrant was executed by ACTP Crime Investigation detectives on the Kambah residence yesterday afternoon in which items were seized as evidence.
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Police will allege that the young person was in possession of property stolen during the course of an aggravated robbery in Wanniassa on June 14 this year.
Police will be opposing bail when the young person appears in the ACT Childrens Court today (Wednesday, August 18).
This week marks the culmination of an exciting collaboration between ACT Policing and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Messengers program, in which a number of Canberra’s young film makers will be showing off their projects to the public.
The series of short films, each produced by a different group of youths, will be screened tomorrow night (Thursday, August 19) at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
The short films are the end result of an exciting new project run in partnership between ACT Policing and the Messengers program. The short filmmaking project encouraged 12 young people to acquire the skills in which they could script, act and tell their own stories, then share them with others.
The project ran for eight weeks during which the young people learned about such things as scripting, story-telling, camera operation, framing, lighting and editing.
ACT Policing saw this as a unique opportunity for police officers to work with young people in a non-confrontational and positive environment. The young people involved are all aged between 14 and 16 and were referred to the community-based program by their schools and colleges. The film-makers are from schools around Canberra including Melrose High School, St Edmunds College, and Stromlo High School.
Senior Constable Sean Sloan and Constable Adrian Muscat, from ACT Policing’s Youth Liaison Team, provided support and guidance to the film-makers but said that the creative effort and technical direction was all enthusiastically driven by the students.
“Our role was really only to be a sounding board for their ideas and to help coach or guide them through any problems,” Constable Muscat said.
“Unfortunately it’s only too often that police officers have to deal with young people in environments and situations where there are issues or confrontation. We need to turn that around. We saw this project as a great opportunity to help young people engage with the community and use their own voices and imagery to tell stories about youth issues through film,” Constable Muscat said.
The short films will be screened tomorrow (Thursday,August 19) at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Cowlishaw St, Tuggeranong at 7pm. Entry to the screening is free however, bookings are required. Please call the Arts Centre on 62931443 to reserve your seats.