Examining the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety

Cross, Cassandra, Dwyer, Angela E., & Richards, Kelly (2015) Examining the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety. Crime and Justice Research Centre, Brisbane, Qld.


PCYCs, individually and as a whole, are highly valued in communities across Queensland. Participants in this evaluation identified numerous benefits of PCYCs, including: providing structured low-cost activities for young people and other community groups; developing positive relationships and trust between young people and police; developing young people into effective citizens; providing a safe place for young people and a hub for whole communities; addressing disadvantages faced by young people; and fostering social inclusion. Depending on the particular activities and programs delivered by a branch, PCYCs have the capacity to minimise risk factors and enhance protective factors relating to young people’s involvement in crime. For example, PCYCs can play an important role in strengthening young people’s engagement with education and family. However, the crime prevention and community safety aims of PCYCs, and measures that might work towards these aims are not widely- or well-understood, or appreciated, by those working in and with PCYCs. The key recommendation of this evaluation is therefore that the crime prevention and community safety aims of PCYCs in Queensland need to be better articulated, understood and reflected in the practice of those working in and with PCYCs. A related key finding is that many of the activities and programs currently provided by PCYCs could be better oriented towards the goals of crime prevention and community safety without major resource implications.

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ID Code: 83698
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: young people, crime prevention, community safety, PCYC, police, evaluation
ISBN: 9780987467850
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Cassandra Cross, Angela Dwyer, Kelly Richards
Copyright Statement: The right of Cassandra Cross, Angela Dwyer and Kelly Richards to be identified as the authors of this report is asserted by them in accordance with Copyright (Moral Rights) Amendment Act 2000. The work is copyright and protected under the Act.
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2015 00:55
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 02:40

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