- Total youth crime offences in the Kimberley region down
- Operation Regional Shield to continue
- Progress made by officers praised by Police Minister
The number of youth crime offences in the Kimberley region have decreased by 42 per cent since WA Police launched Operation Regional Shield earlier this year.
Regional Shield was launched in Broome to tackle the acute issue of youth crime in our regions by placing additional police officers and assets where they are needed, when they are needed.
Since Regional Shield began in Broome in February, youth crime across the Kimberley have declined in key categories including burglary, stealing and property offences.
The McGowan Government has provided $2.5 million to fund Regional Shield, a law enforcement contribution to a multi-agency effort aimed at improving community safety by tackling youth crime in our regions.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia:
"Regional Shield is about putting police officers and assets where they are needed, when they are needed.
"The challenge of juvenile offending has been caused by many decades of disadvantage and dysfunction. It will not be solved quickly, and it will take time and effort by all tiers of Government and the community."
Minister's Office - 6552 5600