Each year, the Dutch police refer some 17.000 juveniles to Halt offices for a Halt programme. When implementing the Halt programme, the Halt offices apply the following underlying principles:
Halt reacts at an early stage, swiftly and consistently to the offence.
Setting a Standard
Halt confronts juveniles with their conduct and makes it clear to them that criminal activity is not acceptable. Halt will then show them the alternative. Emphasis will be on influencing juvenile behaviour in a positive way to prevent re-offending.
Orders are consistent with the offence
The training is clearly connected to the offence and its consequences. Juveniles have to apologise and pay compensation as part of their programme. In doing so, juveniles are confronted with the consequences of their own behaviour and also offered a chance to address their wrongdoing.
Low-threshold and Individualised Approach
Halt takes the background, age and characteristics of the juvenile concerned into account. If possible, interviews are held in the area where the juvenile lives.
The adults responsible for raising the juvenile will be involved.
Halt involves the adults in the Halt programme in their role as educators.
Halt offices work according to a programme, a jointly developed protocol to stimulate the uniformity and quality of work. Relevant information is recorded in Halt’s computerised national records system.