Youths run riot

Thugs cost cops $310K

Herald Sun - - NEWS - MONIQUE HORE

PO­LICE have spent more than $310,000 on man­power and over­time to com­bat out-of­con­trol thugs at Vic­to­ria’s youth jus­tice cen­tres.

The force con­firmed po­lice call-outs to Malms­bury and Parkville youth de­ten­tion cen­tres had cost hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars be­tween July 2016 and June this year.

There was a mass break­out from Malms­bury and a num­ber of ri­ots at the Parkville cen­tre within those 12 months.

More than $110,000 was spent on over­time for sworn of­fi­cers, and re­call­ing po­lice to duty cost al­most $900.

The ma­jor­ity of the $310,000 bill cov­ered salaries and over­time for of­fi­cers from the tran­sit and public safety unit. But the true cost could be higher be­cause the tally in­cludes only call-outs where an “event code” was cre­ated.

“Vic­to­ria Po­lice has a daily on­go­ing in­volve­ment in youth jus­tice is­sues and re­sponds to in­ci­dents for which no event code is cre­ated,” Deputy Com­mis­sioner An­drew Crisp said in re­sponse to ques­tions from par­lia­ment’s Le­gal and So­cial Is­sues Com­mit­tee.

“Ac­cord­ingly, these ac­tiv­i­ties have not been costed.”

Ram­pag­ing youths have left Vic­to­rian tax­pay­ers with a bill of up to $2.2 mil­lion af­ter ri­ot­ing at the Parkville and Malms­bury youth jus­tice cen­tres.

Op­po­si­tion youth af­fairs spokes­woman Ge­orgie Crozier said: “Un­der Daniel An­drews, there have been over 30 ri­ots at youth jus­tice cen­tres, cost­ing tax­pay­ers mil­lions in po­lice call­outs, prop­erty dam­ages and worker com­pen­sa­tion claims.”

La­bor spokes­woman Hay­ley McNaughton said tougher laws, bet­ter in­tel­li­gence shar­ing and train­ing for staff would help pre­vent bad be­hav­iour in­side youth cus­tody cen­tres.

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