THE new Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Jason Clare held a meeting with Blacktown police and community workers on rising criminal activities last Friday.
It was attended by Blacktown Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Wright, Claire Bloor, executive manager, Marist Youth Care, Daniel Kelly, president, Blacktown Rotary Club, Greenway MP Michelle Rowland and several youth workers.
Mr Clare said Prime Minister Julia Gillard asked him to explore ways of making the streets of Western Sydney safer and investigate the limits of the Federal Government’s legal and constitutional responsibilities in combating crime.
“It was great meeting with Superintendent Wright as well as other community organisations as well as learnt the work they are doing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Clare said.
“The work the police and youth workers are getting good results.
“I have also come to talk to the people on the front line and get their advice on what the Federal Government can do to help.”
Ms Rowland said it was good to hear the work the police and community groups were doing to tackle the issues.
“We must keep our young people engaged and make them active members of our community to beat the problem,” she said.