Police Downplay Union Accusations About Conditions At Sydney Youth Centre
Regional Police are downplaying some of the accusations made by the union for workers at the Comhla Cruinn Youth Centre in Sydney.
NSGEU president Joan Jessome says drugs, sex and violence are rampant among youth at the facility and there’s a lack of rules and security.
The co-ed Centre houses about eight young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
But Regional Police Inspector Ron Donovan says if sex was running rampant at the facility he’s sure staff would have called Police
Jessome says workers are directed not to call police too often.
Donovan also admits officers have been called to the centre 540 times in three years, but adds police records do not support Jessome’s allegations.
The Centre is run by the Department of Community Services and acting Minister Geoff MacLellan says Department staff was sent to the facility, yesterday.
He adds they’ll be talking to people who work at the centre, residents and Regional Police.
Meanwhile, the NSGEU has filed complaints about working conditions at the center with Occupational Health and Safety.