Update – Cobourg Police – Update Mischief Investigation Regarding TikTok Challenge

In Police Blotter

With the assistance of CCTV cameras and residential doorbell cameras, the Cobourg Police Service (CPS) has identified two involved youths in a mischief investigation linked to a TikTok
challenge. The two 13-year-old youths are subject to extrajudicial measures and sanctions in lieu of criminal charges.

To correct misinformation currently circulating, we are providing the following information on the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). Under the YCJA, youth who commit offences should be dealt with outside the courts utilizing extrajudicial measures. This diversionary program is an opportunity for youth to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they have caused the victim and community.

Extrajudicial measures play a crucial role in our approach to youth justice. In any incident involving youth, police must consider extrajudicial measures. Examples of extrajudicial measures may include volunteer work, compensating victims, or participating in specialized programs. These alternatives aim to promote learning and rehabilitation, reintegration into the community, and prevention of further offences by the youth. Failure to adhere to extrajudicial sanctions would reengage youth in the normal court process.

“As Chief, I expect all our investigations to be victim centred. I am proud of all our frontline staff who did great work identifying the responsible youths and ensuring they are accountable within the principles and conditions of the YCJA. I am confident that the extrajudicial measures, managed by Rebound Child and Youth Services, will be successful.” – Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service

Online Challenges
Online challenges often target youth and can pose serious risks. Some challenges encourage harmful and sometimes criminal behaviours. Kids and teens may unknowingly put themselves in dangerous or illegal situations driven by the desire for online recognition.

CPS encourages everyone to learn about the risks associated with online challenges, stay informed and talk to children about safe choices. For age-appropriate resources for staying safe online, visit the Canadian Centre for Child Protection online at www.protectchildren.ca/en/resources-research/online-safety/.


Editorial – It’s Time for Police To Do What’s Right and Start Charging The Bad Guys

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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