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Follow the child's story below and read how services could have worked together to improve his situation. Also read the related story on a program in Prince Albert, Sask., which is becoming a model for other cities.
Joe is bornAt age 18, Joe will be convicted of second-degree murder, accused of stabbing another boy to death.
Joe's name isn't real – police changed it to protect his privacy. But the story is. Prince Albert Police use it to illustrate their strategy.
This timeline traces a Joe's run-ins with police and social services through a violent childhood marked by domestic violence, alcoholism and abuse. It also shows where police, social services and schools could have intervened to change the course of Joe's life.
Sources: Tim Smith/Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police; Prince Albert Police Service