Police bus a hit with Yamba youth
BY ADRIAN MILLER
THE Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) mobile van had a positive response to its first trip to Yamba at the weekend.
The van, stationed at Yamba Oval on Friday and Saturday nights, was brought up from Coffs Harbour in an attempt to provide Yamba's youth with some entertainment over the weekend.
Entertainment was provided in the form of dvd players and Playstations, while a barbecue was also cooked for the kids.
Senior Constable Barry Butler, who manned the van on both nights, said the first weekend had been a success.
"The younger kids that were there, and they were predominantly Aboriginal, had a ball," he said.
"They were great, extremely well-behaved and they had a fantastic time."
Snr Const Butler said while the van would visit Yamba again this weekend, it was too early to decide how often the van would visit the town.
"We just wanted to see what sort of effect it would have," he said.
"We will look at it, and we will have to talk to our commander. It might be periodical, but it won't be all the time."
Snr Const Butler said the van provided an opportunity for police to talk to teenagers in a relaxed, non-confronting setting and allowed the kids present to see another side to the police.
He said while the van did not attract as many older teenagers as he would have liked, the fact the police and teenagers had the opportunity to interact in a social setting was a positive outcome.
This Friday the mobile van from Lismore will be in operation at Yamba Oval, while it is undecided if the van will be present on Saturday due to a rugby carnival.