Astana Police Outreach Campaign Seeks to Prevent Teen Crime

ASTANA – Employees of the Astana Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Office for Administrative Police together with representatives of state agencies, social workers and school psychologists recently launched a campaign allowing teens to visit with police officers in an effort to steer teens away from crime, according to an Astana city administration press release.

Photograph: astana.gov.kz

Photograph: astana.gov.kz

The two-day campaign called “Teenager – Law – Security” was launched on March 16 and sought toprevent juvenile delinquency, increase legal literacy and teach safe driving techniques.

High school and college students were able get acquainted with the work of police and visit the DIA museum, where they learned about the history of the department. They were also able to receive answers to legal questions from the police officers.

Highway patrol police officers also told the young people about their work, as well as demonstrated their equipment and patrol cars equipped with digital video recorders (DVRs).

DIA Cynological Service Centre search dogs also demonstrated their skills to the students.

Students also visited special institutions for teenagers who have broken the law. According to Senior Inspector on Special Assignments of Astana DIA Larissa Krasnikova, this method offers positive results because the strict appearance of the guards, conditions and atmosphere of such institutions demonstrate the consequences of violating the law.

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