Crime levels in Dubbo are expected to fall with the reintroduction of the Gordon Centre community night patrols.
A month-long trial in May resulted in a marked drop in criminal and anti-social behaviour across the city, a result proponents of the scheme hope to replicate.
The number of break-and-enters during the trial period dropped from four to zero and cases of malicious damage fell from 14 to one.
The soon-to-be-introduced patrols will be manned by TAFE-trained officers recruited from the Gordon Centre men’s and women’s groups.
An equal number of men and women have been recruited for the 16-member team.
Patrol officers are required to complete an 18-week TAFE course and pass police screening checks to allow them to work with young people.
Group members Robyn and Noeline Dixon are keen to see the patrols reintroduced, believing it will improve community harmony.
“It can only be good for the community,” Robyn Dixon said.
“We will pick up young people on the streets at night and provide them with positive activities and role models.”
Noeline Dixon said a key area of their work would be improving relations between young people and police.
“We need to restore respect,” she said.
“Without it we cannot go forward.”
Ms Dixon said young people picked up by the patrol would be taken to the Gordon Centre, given something to eat and guided into positive activities.
“The care needs of the young people will be identified and an appropriate course of action taken to safeguard their wellbeing,” she said.
The patrols will operate from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Ms Dixon said the patrols would cover the central business district and other sections of the city, depending on demand.
The patrols are scheduled to start during the next few weeks as participants become accredited.
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