Police help at-risk youths during lockdown - Wollongong PD

Friday, 20 August 2021 12:08:59 PM

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Wollongong Police District has conducted a COVID compliance operation, focussing on young people at risk during lockdowns.

Between Tuesday 17 August and yesterday (Wednesday 18 August 2021), officers from the Crime Prevention Unit and Wollongong Police District general duties, along with youth case managers from Capability, Performance and Youth Command (CPYC), conducted patrols at known youth locations and undertook ADVO compliance checks, bail compliance checks, business inspections and welfare checks.

Police visited local homes, FitForWork at Wollongong PCYC and engaged with participants online. Officers also delivered care packages donated by OzHarvest to those in need.

A key focus of the operation is to disrupt, prevent and educate young people on COVID-19 risks and ensure youths in domestic violence situations understand they can speak to police and mental health services any time of the day or night.

Young people in need will be referred to Youth Action meetings and case management, to ensure they have access to appropriate support.

Chief Inspector Mick Dykes from Wollongong Police District says police will continue to support young people within the community during the pandemic.

“Everyone’s mental health has taken a hit during lockdown, and our young people in particular are feeling extremely isolated.

“Police are networking with stakeholders – both government and non-government agencies – to ensure they have access to all support services,” Chief Insp Dykes said.

“We want local youth to know that they’re not alone – even in lockdown – and that help is always available.”