Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award

National Youth Justice Policing Award Winner for 2019

The Bully Intervention Framework Program

The recipients of the 2019 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award are Agents Christine Cayouette, Stéphane Desjardins, Amélie St-Georges, and Marilou Arsenault of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) for their Bully Intervention Framework Program.

Through their work with youth in conflict with the law, Agent Cayouette and her team noted that while several victim intervention and awareness programs on bullying had been developed for students, few prevention intervention tools existed for youth who have taken to acting as a bully. Implemented in 2012, the Bully Intervention Framework Program fills this gap in services for young offenders.

The program is designed to provide police officers, school staff members, bullies, victims, parents, and other community partners with a structured and innovative strategy to prevent and intervene in instances when bullying occurs. The objective of the program is to correct the youth’s behaviour through intervention and rehabilitation in order to prevent further contact with the criminal justice system.

The Bully Intervention Framework Program facilitates a collaborative and comprehensive approach to preventing bullying by helping youth to understand the legal and social implications of their actions. One manner in which this is done is through restorative justice.

Initially established as a pilot project in September 2011 at Lucien-Pagé High School, this program has proven extremely effective. Within a year of its initial implementation, the program won the Intersection Seminar Prize. By 2014, the program had the participation of 43 schools in the Montréal area and several SPVM neighborhood posts.

Agent Christine Cayouette joined the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in May 2000. Prior to her retirement, Agent Cayouette had the opportunity to work as a Neighborhood Officer, Socio-community Officer and Collision Investigations Officer. During her time as a Socio-community Officer in the field of prevention, community relations and youth interventions, Agent Cayouette took the initiative to develop the Bully Intervention Framework Program in collaboration with Lucien-Pagé High School, the Help Center to Victims of Crime (CAVAC) and the Youth Court. Agent Cayouette’s passion, dedication and expertise contributed immensely to the success of the program.

Agent Amélie St-Georges joined the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in 2008, and has been a Foot Patrol Officer since 2018. Agent St-Georges’ commitment to justice and motivation to ensure the well-being of her community have contributed enormously to the continuation of the Bully Intervention Framework Program.

Agent Stéphane Desjardins joined the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in April 1992. Since this time, he has been a Neighborhood Officer, a Street-Gang Desk Officer, a Solo Officer and Community Officer. Agent Desjardins has worked as a Socio-community Officer with the same sector (Villeray) since 2000, and has created many partnerships throughout the community during this time. As the police officer who is responsible for establishing the Montréal Police Service’s partnership with Lucien-Pagé school, Agent Desjardins ensures the application and continuity of the Bully Intervention Framework Program.

Agent Marilou Arseneault-Bouchard began her career with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in March 2006. After 10 years answering calls, analyzing and investigating physical abuse, she is now working foot patrol. Agent Arseneault-Bouchard works with youth in various schools in her area, helps with the rehabilitation of homeless individuals and works to prevent elder abuse. She regularly applies the Bully Intervention Framework Program in her work with youth in schools in the Montréal area. Additionally, she prepared a workshop on the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which she provides on a regular basis to help inform youth of the applicable measures during a criminal offense.

Previous Winners

The Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award was established in 2000. Here are the previous award recipients: