Liberal Plan to rebuild essential services – Supporting Tasmanian Police and Community Youth Clubs
- 28 Feb, 2014
A majority Liberal Government will invest an extra $250,000 each year in the PCYC Network in Tasmania so that they can continue to support and educate our youth to reduce crime and repeat offending.
We will work with the PCYC Network of Tasmania in the administration of this additional funding. Individual clubs from around the State will be able to apply for funding from a central pool to upgrade equipment, facilities or for operational assistance, allowing them to build on the valuable work that they have been undertaking in Tasmania since 1946.
Our PCYCs fulfil a critical role in educating our youth and diverting them from anti-social or criminal behaviour, with limited resources, to encourage positive relationships between young, at-risk Tasmanians and the Police Service, at a time when Tasmania has the highest youth offender rate in Australia*.
The work of the PCYCs is so much more important now than ever before given the Labor-Green cuts to the police frontline – which has seen 108 police officers removed from service.
Additionally, as part of the commitment to rebuild the police frontline, a majority Liberal Government will work with the Commissioner of Police to ensure that officers are available for guidance, mentoring and support at PCYCs, and to operate the Mobile Activity Centre in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
Our commitment to rebuild frontline police numbers forms part of the Liberals’ long term plan to rebuild essential services Labor and the Greens have decimated, with funding coming from the nearly $500 million in savings we have already identified.
* Tasmanian Commissioner for Children: Alternatives to Secure Youth Detention in Tasmania, 2013.