Detective Chief Inspector Jason Breton.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Breton.

Yamba youth club push

ALL the pieces appear to be falling into place for what many consider to be part of the answer to youth crime problems in Yamba.

Police in the Clarence have been working on a proposal to establish a PCYC in Yamba and it already has in principle support from Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell, Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, the Aboriginal community and the PCYC organisation.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Breton said the concept had come from discussions his two new Local Area Command Aboriginal Consultative Committee members had with the Aboriginal community in Yamba.

Chief Inspector Breton said there was evidence PCYCs could reduce crime significantly in their target areas.

PCYC general manager of sub-operations Danny Kapustin said it was the organisation’s mission to create fun and safe environments where young people could develop new friendships, build fitness, develop teamwork, and express their creativity.

He said they generally had memberships of 600-3000 and a small number of those were on young offender programs. In those, a police officer would typically look after about six young people.

He said that two police officers were generally appointed to work at PCYCs, so a government commitment to provide the extra police would be required before it could start.

Also needed is a suitable venue and Chief Inspector Breton put out the call for any businesses with a property available to come forward.

Mr Cansdell said PCYCs were a great outlet through which youth could be given ‘a bit of direction’.

Cr Williamson said he thought they were useful in crime prevention and the council was ‘open to discussions’.

“It is long overdue in the Clarence Valley,” he said.

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