This month, the NSW Police Operational Safety and Skills Command attended PCYC Wollongong to gift colleagues in the Youth and Crime Prevention Command and the young people they support with a donation of boxing equipment from the Wetherill Park Weapons Unit.
This donation will go towards the NSW Police and PCYC NSW’s Fit for Life program, which involves young people being picked up from home or they are dropped off at a PCYC early in the morning. They train alongside police officers, PCYC staff, community leaders, mentors and volunteers, before having a healthy breakfast together and being driven to school.
Fit for Life encourages young people to get active in life, develop relationships with police and PCYC NSW, and attend school.
“PCYC NSW was built on a partnership between police and the community and it is heartening to see partnerships continuing to thrive to empower young people into the future,” said Dominic Teakle, CEO, PCYC NSW.
“We are better together and this donation is a testament to this. It is humbling to have the NSW Police Wetherill Park Weapons Unit supporting our Youth and Crime Prevention Command’s efforts to redirect young people from crime and towards education and employment.”
The Wetherill Park Weapons Unit have donated a number of sets of; boxing gloves, focus pads, and head gear to the Fit for Life program.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis of the NSW Police Force Education and Training, Operational Safety and Skills Command, said officers from the Wetherill Park Weapons Unit are proud to support their colleagues and the local community by donating this equipment.
“Maintaining physical fitness is essential for our frontline police and a love of boxing is one our officers share with these young people in the community,” Det Supt Koutsoufis said.
“We hope this equipment will help officers and PCYC staff continue to teach our kids to look after their physical and mental health and encourage them to participate in and learn a new skill.”
This donation was welcomed by the Youth and Crime Prevention Command who are already seeing results from Fit for Life programs across NSW, with increased school attendance, improved health and wellbeing and improved behaviour at school and in the community.
Superintendent Mark Wall of the NSW Police Force Youth and Crime Prevention Command said there is no greater reward for police than to see young people succeed.
“Our officers, together with PCYC, work extremely hard to engage with young people in our local communities to provide them with learning and development opportunities,” Supt Wall said.
“We look forward to seeing the young people of Wollongong join us as this term’s Fit for Life program kicks off and perhaps putting on the gloves for a boxing session.”
For more information on the Fit for Life program visit www.riseup.org.au