New project for safe streets

Police in Mount Isa will get a boost with the launch of two new crime prevention initiatives.

Police in Mount Isa will get a boost with the launch of two new crime prevention initiatives.

Two new crime prevention projects are set to launch in Mount Isa, delivered as part of the second round of the federal government’s Safer Streets Program.

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said $2.72million has been allocated to the PCYC in Queensland to undertake two projects.

The two projects Framing the Future and Crime Prevention Program Officers will be in selected sites around the state, including Mount Isa.

Framing the Future will involve the employment of six additional youth support officers across the seven areas where Project Booyah is currently implemented, including Mount Isa.

These officers will provide dedicated post-program support to Project Booyah graduates after their completion of the 20 week crime prevention program.

The Crime Prevention Program Officers will work with community partners and young people to identify anti-social and criminal issues and trends, and will develop targeted and tailored intervention programmes to address these issues.  

Senator Macdonald said he welcomed the two new initiatives, saying they would help address local crime rates across the city of Mount Isa. 

“These new programs through the PCYC will build upon successful initiatives such as Project Booyah, and will support targeted intervention,” Senator Macdonaldsaid.

These new programs through the PCYC will build upon successful initiatives such as Project Booyah, and will support targeted intervention. - Senator Ian Macdonald

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the funding for the programmes are from the Proceeds of Crime Account – money that is taken from criminals and reinvested into preventing more crimes.

“Our Government is delivering on its commitment to assist communities to deliver local solutions to crime hot-spots and anti-social behaviour,” Minister Keenan said.

Further information on the Safer Streets Program is available at www.ag.gov.au.

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