How to get them

How to get them

Who is behind "Kurve kriegen? With the help of police contact persons (PAP) and pedagogical specialists (PFK) we help competently and individually even in difficult situations.

Turn the corner:
Active against juvenile delinquency

"Kurve kriegen" is a crime prevention initiative of the Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, which helps children and young people at risk of crime to find ways out of crime.

‘Something’s getting out of hand’!"

Juvenile delinquency is normal – right. Experts describe it as a developmentally typical, temporary behavior of young people to violate social rules and, at times, even laws. But what if it doesn’t stop?

Victim number 21 .

… and they become more. With each passing day, a young person drifts further toward delinquency.
On the "career ladder" to becoming an intensive offender, victims are the price society pays.

"Kurve kriegen" doesn’t change the world – but it does change the lives of individual people quite considerably! That’s why we work systemically and take a very close look at the world of our participants. The fit of causes and measures are the basis of success.

"Get your act together – stay the course"

We’re about more than quick success: we’re about making a lasting impact. The time after participation is also considered. Here’s how to prevent relapses into old patterns.

"Getting your act together" for a life without crime

They are still very young and yet already on their way to a "criminal career": children and young adolescents suspected of multiple offenses in special social problem situations. Before such developments gain momentum, the North Rhine-Westphalian police take targeted and effective preventive action. With the NRW initiative "Kurve kriegen" helps young people and their families out of delinquency. In doing so, the police of North Rhine-Westphalia is taking new approaches in order to involve those affected and experts.

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The concept

What is the reason for the initiative?

It is scientifically well proven that about 6 – 10 % of all suspected children and adolescents are responsible for up to 50 % of the crimes of this age group. Under unfavorable conditions and without effective intervention, they can develop into so-called "intensive offenders". One or more of these "intensive offenders" leaves behind a legacy of abuse by the time he or she reaches the age of 25. The average offender already has 100 victims by the time he or she reaches the age of 18, whom he or she steals from, robs, beats up or otherwise harms. This is accompanied by about 1.7 million euros in social follow-up costs that he or she causes directly or indirectly during this time. A possible development into an "intensive offender" often becomes apparent at an early stage, often as a child.

What is the goal of "Kurve kriegen"??

The aim of the NRW initiative "Kurve kriegen" is to identify and sustainably prevent the development of children and young adolescents at particular risk of crime into "intensive offenders" as early as possible in order to reduce the number of unlawful acts or crimes committed by them. To reduce criminal offenses and thus also the number of their victims to "zero" or to "get the curve". to reduce very significantly.

At what point can the initiative support?

Early help instead of late hardship! In view of the many victims, the enormous social follow-up costs caused by an "intensive offender" as well as his or her expected social marginalization, intervention must take place as early as possible – before the "career" takes off.
The investment of personnel and money in the early phase of the conspicuousness is small compared to later necessary investments, costs and measures – and above all effective. For pedagogical and criminological reasons, it is advisable to address the causes of delinquency among these young people as early as possible, on an individual basis and in a targeted manner.
Focusing on potential intensive offenders is particularly efficient in view of the high number of prevented acts and victims. In addition, young people are given the opportunity to participate in society.

Who is the target group?

Children and young people, mainly in the age segment from 8 to 15 years, who have come to the attention of the police with at least one violent crime or three property crimes and whose living conditions are so risky that there is a threat of a permanent slide into criminality.

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