Safety fo­cus for Leavers

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts joined po­lice and com­mu­nity groups in Fre­man­tle on Wed­nes­day to launch this year’s Leavers Strat­egy.

About 8000 leavers are ex­pected to flock to hotspots, in­clud­ing Rot­tnest, Bus­sel­ton and Duns­bor­ough as they cel­e­brate the end of school.

The strat­egy, de­signed to help school leavers stay safe and be­have re­spon­si­bly, in­volved 12 months of plan­ning be­tween gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment agen­cies and en­sures school leavers are sup­ported with ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

It also in­cludes des­ig­nated leavers en­ter­tain­ment zones in Duns­bor­ough and Rot­tnest to pro­vide them with a safe and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

Ms Roberts con­grat­u­lated stu­dents for work­ing hard say­ing it was now time to un­wind, re­lax and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments.

“Po­lice, along with hun­dreds of vol­un­teers are work­ing hard to pro­vide a safe and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, but we want you to look af­ter your­selves and your friends, be re­spect­ful and be­have ap­pro­pri­ately,” she said.

“I en­cour­age par­ents to have a talk with their chil­dren and en­cour­age them to stay safe and keep an eye on their friends.

“I also want to re­mind peo­ple to be safe on the roads.

“Don’t drink and drive, please slow down, drive to the con­di­tions and don’t get dis­tracted.”

Ad­di­tional po­lice will also be sent to Rot­tnest and the South-West be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the of­fi­cial leavers pe­riod to max­imise the safety and se­cu­rity of school leavers.

Leavers cel­e­bra­tions will be held from Mon­day, Novem­ber 20 un­til Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23.

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PO­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts has urged school leavers to en­sure they stay safe.

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