Welding Program Cuts Crime
By Gabrielle Knowles
The West Australian
18 August 2009
A program which targets young repeat offenders has cut burglaries in the City of Rockingham by more than half, police said yesterday.
Local break-ins have dropped from an average of 127 per month in the first five months of 2008 to 53 a month during the same period this year.
Sen. Const. Tim Ellis started the “Weld to Life” program is 2007 as burglaries and assaults were escalating and police realised the same group of boys were responsible for many of the crimes.
It began as a Friday night program to keep the teens out of trouble and with funding support, mainly from BHP Nickel-West Kwinana.
Sen. Const. Ellis is now running full-time 13-week welding courses, which gives students a Certificate 1 in Metals and Engineering.
Teenagers were sent to the program on court-ordered community work orders and most were refusing to attend school or had been expelled.
Sen. Const. Ellis said offending among the 42 teenagers who had completed, or were completing the “Weld to Life” program had dropped by more than 80 per cent.
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan described the result as sensational and said he would consider diverting another 20 officers into programs for high-risk youths.
“If we can put money into these sorts of programs and expand them, we could make a big difference” he said.
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Note: With insufficient financial support for new apprenticeships, Government still ends up subsidising their much needed apprenticeships through taxpayer funded programs at the end of the day!!!