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The Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Jason Clare has announced a $40 million National crime prevention fund to be funded from confiscated proceeds of crime.
Part of the proceeds from The National crime prevention fund will be used to finance youth mentoring and outreach programs run by organisations like Youth off the streets in New South Wales and Police Citizens Youth Clubs that target young people at risk of offending.
The National crime prevention fund is the third component of the Gillard Government's package of measures to target street crime and gang violence across Australia.
$5 million from the National crime prevention fund will be allocated to the expansion of Father Chris Riley's successful Youth off the streets outreach service. Youth off the streets is aimed at young people aged between 12 and 21 and operates in areas where young people normally gather. The service provides low key and positive diversionary activities that allow young people to interact and socialise as well as meet with youth workers.
Youth off the streets has achieved significant success engaging young people across New South Wales in communities like Kurri Kurri, East Cessnock, Griffith, Narrandera, Cranebrook, Blacktown, Bankstown and Doonside. In Macquarie Fields, police have reported a 40% reduction in local crime levels since Youth off the streets began providing outreach services in the area. The funds will allow the expansion of the outreach program for up to ten additional locations.
$5 million from the National crime prevention fund will be allocated to projects that will be delivered by Police Citizens Youth Clubs and Blue Light organisations.
Police Citizens Youth Clubs use a range of sporting, recreation and education programs to help young people to develop their skills, character and leadership. Their programs have proved effective in reducing crime amongst young people by providing positive interactions with police, targeting local needs and building a sense of citizenship within the communities that they work.
The remaining funds in the National crime prevention fund will be available for local councils and not-for-profit organisations to seek funding for projects that help to stop young people from getting involved in crime and to fund security-related infrastructure projects like closed circuit television viewing cameras and lighting.
Applications for grants as part of the National crime prevention fund will open in the first week of May and projects must be completed by the end of June 2015.
Source: Minister for Home Affairs