Officers want to help Hills youth

CASTLE Hill police want young people to know they are there for them if they want to talk through their problems or learn more about the police and how to join.

Castle Hill police's youth liaison officer of seven years, Senior Constable Rob Paterson, said young people could visit him and crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Jodie Suters, in the command bus at Rouse Hill Town Centre — opposite the bus interchange — on most Thursdays.

"We'll be there to answer questions about anything from recruitment, how the [mobile command] bus works and police equipment, to how to contact the police and linking them up with help," Senior Constable Paterson said.

"Crime prevention and domestic violence are the two main things."

The officers will be near the newly launched Street Smart outreach bus which several local groups who help kids, including the police, helped fund.

It will be at Rouse Hill Town Centre every Thursday, 3pm to 8pm, providing youths aged 12 to 18 with activities to do, a sausage sizzle, refreshments and support, if they need it.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the Streetsmart bus launch.

Services that can provide help through the Streetsmart bus include the Wesley Family Centre, 2realise, GPT, High Street Youth Health Service, headspace — the National Youth Mental Health Foundation — Hills Community Aid, or Rivergum Community Care.

"The reason we want police there is not so much for crowd control but to show the young people, particularly in Rouse Hill, that we're there to help," Senior Constable Paterson said.

"We're also hoping if parents need help they can come down and talk."

About 15 per cent of The Hills population is aged 10 to 19 years.

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