- New Leavers WA App has key tips for Leavers Week
Police are expecting about 8,000 leavers to flock to hotspots at Rottnest, Busselton and Dunsborough as they prepare to celebrate the end of secondary school.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today joined police and community groups to launch the 2017 Leavers Strategy.
The strategy involves 12 months of planning between Government and non-Government agencies and is designed to ensure school leavers are supported with well organised activities and entertainment.
Designated Leavers Entertainment Zones will once again be set up in Dunsborough and Rottnest to provide schoolies with a safe and positive environment.
Additional police will be sent to Rottnest and the South-West before, during and after the official leavers period to maximise the safety and security of school leavers.
Leavers celebrations commence on Monday, November 20 and conclude on Thursday, November 23.
Not-for-profit support group Red Frogs will again be on hand as they have been every year to provide support.
This year there is one Leavers app for both parents and leavers which features key harm minimisation tips, event details, bus information and a push notification service, allowing important information to be sent to leavers using the app.
To view the Leavers Facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/leaverswa2017/.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"I want to congratulate all the young people who have worked so hard throughout their schooling.
"Now is a time to relax, unwind and celebrate your achievements.
"Police, along with hundreds of volunteers. are working hard to provide a safe and positive environment, but we want you to look after yourselves and your friends, be respectful and behave appropriately.
"I encourage parents to have a talk with their children and encourage them to stay safe and keep an eye on their friends.
"I also want to remind people to be safe on the roads. Don't drink and drive, please slow down, drive to the conditions and don't get distracted."
Minister's office - 6552 6900