Community Organized Support & Prevention (COSP)

About COSP

Community Organized Support & Prevention (COSP) is a non-profit community agency, which is under the administration of a volunteer Board of Directors. It offers community-based justice related programs for adults and young persons.

COSP grew out of the visionary pursuits of a local judge who, in 1974 began using community based sentencing as a meaningful alternative to fines, which were becoming an ineffective deterrent to shoplifting.  What has evolved from the concepts and endeavors of many volunteers is a comprehensive response to many justice programs.


COSP offers programs for youth that support prevention, youth court diversion, addresses criminogenic risk/needs for youth on a probation order, and manages community service orders for adults on a probation order. We receive funding from several sources:



  • Self-Esteem Enhancement & Development (SEED) and Youthreach are funded by the United Way of Hasting Prince Edward. Their generosity has provided opportunities for marginalized youth to learn and discuss issues important to them.
  • Positive Alternative Student Support (PASS) is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in partnership with the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB).
  • We offer a PASS program at both our Belleville and Trenton sites.

The following programs are also funded by MCCSS:

  • Extrajudicial Measures – Pre-charge Diversion
  • Extrajudicial Sanctions – Post-charge Diversion
  • Quintac Attendance Centre – Youth Justice Services
  • Prime Worker Program – Youth Justice Services


The Belleville & District Youth Justice Committee is a pre and post-charge diversion program, fully funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, and is available in Belleville, Central Hastings, Deseronto, and Prince Edward County

Adult Community Service Order program is funded by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services for adults required to complete CSO hours in HPE.


As a Not-For-Profit charity organized, COSP typically holds its AGM in September, located at 121 Dundas Street East, Suite 206, Belleville. Once adjourned, a refreshment break is enjoyed followed by September’s regular Board meeting. The Belleville & District Youth Justice Committee’s AGM convenes in Suite 210. Funding bodies, community partners, and the general public are always welcome to attend.


Placement students must be enrolled in a post-secondary school program in a related field. Consideration is extended to students from other studies if their focus meets with the needs of the agency. This might include human resources, engineering and construction, and computer programming. All students must present a ‘Vulnerable Sector Check’ indicating they are cleared to work with youth. Any contact with youth through all justice services comes with the highest level of confidentiality. Everyone is required to sign an “Oath of Confidentiality” document and adhere to its perimeters. Possessing a valid First Aid and CPR certificate is considered an asset.

Students will work predominantly with youth who are referred to the PASS program, under the supervision of the Education Assistant and Executive Director. Based on their level of competency, students will be involved with the Adult CSO program and assist the Coordinator with correspondence letters and perhaps intakes. They will have the opportunity to attend youth court, may observe a Youth Justice Committee conference, and will be invited to attend committee/network meetings such as the Youth Justice Advisory Committee or Children and Youth Services Network.

Due to the needs of clients referred to Quintac Attendance Centre and the facilitator’s efforts to establish a supportive professional relationship with their clients, placement students will not have the opportunity to engage with them. Students will however be invited to explore the programs offered to youth and engage with the facilitators to gain an understanding of a client’s program plan.

There are always administrative duties that a student can take the initiative and responsibility for. No student will be asked to perform a duty that an employee is not required to do.

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