Labor, and Libs at odds on PCYC

She said last Sunday the party would fund $10 million in centre upgrades, and $250,000 for a consultant to help the WA Federation of PCYCs achieve reforms a recent independent review recommended.

She said a Liberal government would empower courts to refer young offenders to centres and provide 30 more officers to work with schools and centres in high crime areas as the review recommends.

Of the 14 based at centres, six would be metropolitan centres: Gosnells, Armadale, Kensington, Midland, Fremantle and Rockingham.

Opposition police spokeswoman Michelle Roberts said the promise reflected a ‘cynical’ attitude from the Liberal Party, which had an ‘appalling’ record on managing police and PCYCs.

She said this included breaking a promise to provide an extra 500 police officers, removing officers managing PCYCs, removing support staff that were assisting the managers, and breaking a promise to deliver police officers in schools. ‘Now, on the eve of an election, they have committed to putting back some of the funding they have ripped out over the last four and a half years,’ she said.