Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Deadly Diversions kicking goals in the northern suburbs

    28/05/2018 4:30 PM
    • $316,764 in funding for program to target 28 most prolific offenders in northern suburbs
    • McGowan Government supporting programs targeted at diverting young people away from a life of crime
    • Funding announcement made as part of the McGowan Government's Community Cabinet events held across the Balcatta and Kingsley areas 

    The McGowan Government has announced $316,764 in funding for an intensive youth support program in the northern suburbs, aimed at trying to break the cycle of juvenile re-offending.


    The Deadly Diversions project, run by Whitelion Youth Agency in conjunction with the WA Police Force, provides intensive support and case management to the 28 most prolific repeat offenders in the Scarborough, Mirrabooka and Ballajura sub-districts.


    The program offers individualised support, mentoring and social engagement activities in order to address the root cause of their offending, and prevent them from becoming entrenched in criminal behaviour.


    The program offers prolific repeat offenders an opportunity to turn their lives around and make positive changes for themselves and their families.


    Case study reports detail individual achievements such as reconnection to education, training and employment, developing literacy skills and effective parenting and tenancy management.


    The program will be reviewed after 12 months with an option for further funding until 2021.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "The McGowan Government is continuing to support programs targeted at diverting young people away from a life of crime.


    "We know a small number of persistent offenders are responsible for committing a significant percentage of crime.


    "Programs such as Deadly Diversions help to address the underlying causes of offending, and in turn reduce the likelihood of further criminal acts.


    "It is important we support projects and initiatives targeted at diverting young people away from a life of crime."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900