The purpose of the Youth Services Unit (YSU) is to not only perform the role of a traditional juvenile unit, i.e. investigate all crimes involving juveniles, but also to better serve the needs of our young people and address the alarming trend of increased juvenile crime and gang activity. This should be a community-wide approach to benefit Lynn’s youth. The philosophy is to have an all-encompassing program, working with various community partners, to not only investigate and prosecute youth related crimes as necessary but also to intervene early and interact with youth and their families to resolve issues that may lead to crime. The unit will be responsible for the following: