Re­prieve for PCYCs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

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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