Reprieve for PCYCs
KENSINGTON PCYC will soon have permanent police presence again as the Federation of WA PCYCs works through reforms.
The non-government organisation has worked with WA Police for decades to provide programs for young offenders and at-risk youth, as well as low-cost recreation.
A review by former Education Department director-general Peter Browne last year recommended changes for the Federation’s 23 WA centres. The review followed community outrage over WA Police’s 2012 withdrawal of officers from fulltime PCYC managerial roles.
The Browne review supported the move but recommended that centres in high juvenile offence-rate areas, including Kensington, be designated ‘intervention’ centres, with officers stationed there. During its election campaign, the Government gave assurances it would not abandon PCYCs.
It promised $10 million in centre upgrades, $250,000 for a consultant to help implement the reforms and 30 more officers to work in the 14 intervention areas, including Kensington, Gosnells, Armadale, Midland, Fremantle and Rockingham.
Federation chief executive John Gillespie said the $250,000 strategic review was completed in July and the Federation now knew which centres needed refurbishing or expanding. Over the next six months, it would identify which other centres would house officers.
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