Kęstutis Vitkauskas


The aim of the article is to evaluate the Lithuanian police activities in the common juvenile delinquency prevention. According to the legislation, Kaunas district police activity and sociological analysis results, the work of the police in the fields of the legal education and job training facilities, prevention programs preparation, participation in raids, the organization of the employment of minors and working with the young police supporters is analysed. The article concludes that when carrying out the general prevention of juvenile delinquency, police formally endeavour to develop and carry out the activities and assigned means. A number of factors inhibit the juvenile crime prevention effectiveness: excessive workload and lack of time for qualitative work, shortage of staff, lack of funding to preventive measures, lack of cooperation with the social partners and especially with the local community, training system imperfections, wages and workload imbalance.