Weapons Deterrent Programs for Youth

At the request of Luzerne County Juvenile Judge, Tina Polachek Gartley, the agency is developing a weapons deterrence program to work with juveniles that are court ordered to undergo a 4-6 hour program. These youngsters that will be referred have already violated weapons laws and/or have a fixation or are enamored with gun possession and use. The agency is working with the Luzerne County District Attorney, area weapons experts, Pennsylvania State Police, Wilkes-Barre Police, Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, etc. to craft a program that will provide these young people with an intensive educational experience designed to reduce or eliminate their fascination with weapons. The agency has also solicited input from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Juvenile Judges Commission. Additionally, a “Weapons Deterrence For Youth” booklet has been developed to provide youth with information and education on this subject. The booklet will be used for school and community presentations.