Created by The Metropolitan Police Service in 2015 DIVERT addresses a gap in statutory provision for young adults in police custody. Recognising the specific needs of young adults who are arrested, this unique programme aims to divert 18-25 year olds into employment, development and education opportunities.
DIVERT’s objectives are:
- to prevent re-offending, thereby reducing violence, crime levels and victims of crime
- to help mitigate social factors, which can drive vulnerable young adults into police custody, such as mental health issues, drugs, gangs etc.