Full-time police at PCYC on the cards

Fremantle PCYC could soon have a permanent police presence again.
Fremantle PCYC could soon have a permanent police presence again.

Mr Gillespie said a $250,000 strategic asset review was completed in July and the federation now knew which WA centres needed refurbishing or expanding.

It will finalise which centres will have police officers deployed full-time over the next six months.

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 its 23 WA centres. The review followed community outrage over WA Police’s 2012 withdrawal of officers from full-time PCYC managerial roles.

These involved many administrative tasks that civilians could perform and WA Police decided to change the system.

Civilians would manage the centres and youth liaison officers would move between centres instead of one being stationed at each.

The Browne review supported this, but recommended centres in high juvenile offence-rate areas, including Fremantle, be designated ‘intervention’ centres with officers stationed there.

Mr Gillespie said the new policing model being implemented across the metropolitan area, with its focus on community policing, would be beneficial to centres like Fremantle.

‘This approach will enable more of a focus on community problem areas and persons, which will result in young people being referred to youth development programs,’ he said.

‘The programs on offer at PCYC are continually being refined to ensure they fit with emergent youth development.’

‘An across the government approach and the need to work collaboratively to deal with the root causes and not the symptoms is critical.’