Youths run riot
Thugs cost cops $310K
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.