After-dark safety for teens

After-dark safety for teens

The Central Metropolitan Crime Prevention and Diversity Unit relaunched the City After Dark Program, which teaches school students how to be safe in the city and Northbridge at night.

Unit co-ordinator Sergeant Graham White has been running the program with Shenton College since April this year, taking groups of about 20 students and plainclothes police into the city after dark.

Police officers Nick Steel and Rebecca Benn originally developed the program in 2000.

The program has been running at Methodist Ladies’ College for the past decade.

Sergeant White said the program helps promote a positive relationship between young people and police, as well as giving students skills to stay safe when they are out at night.

‘It’s not just Perth either. This program would be useful in Paris or Mukinbudin,’ Sgt White said.

The group of Shenton College students and supervising teachers catch the train into the city, where they are shown how to choose a safe ATM, which areas to avoid, and how to safely catch a taxi.

Drink spiking, sexual assault and street violence are also discussed during the walk.