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PCYC celebrates key partner for Thank a Cop Day

Published: September 27, 2022 10:27am

PCYC is lucky to work with many amazing Police Officers who go above and beyond to change young lives for the better.

These are just some of the Police Officers who help us to empower children and young people to reach their potential.

Tom Gryta
Photo: ABC News (Marcus Alborn)

Youth Police Officer Tom Gryta

Roebourne and Karratha Youth Police Officer, Tom Gryta and his team have been working alongside staff from Roebourne PCYC to deliver community safety and personal safety sessions to children in Roebourne.

Young people have been learning how to keep themselves and their peers safe as well as learning how to communicate and seek support at times when they aren’t feeling safe or strong.

Officer Gryta and his team have also been educating young people around what it means to be a Youth Police Officer (YPO), describing what their role is all about.

When asked what it meant to them to be a Youth Police Officer, young people explained “we see YPOs as helping us.”

Some young people have even expressed interest in becoming a YPO and are now working with Officer Gryta and staff from PCYC to develop a career vision board to help them work towards their aspirations of joining the Police Force one day.

A big shoutout to Tom and his team!

Young person trying on a Police vest at Roebourne PCYC.

Sgt Jesse Bill

Sergeant Jesse Bill – Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator

Having transferred to the Midland district at the start of the year after policing the remote WA outback town of Warmun, Sergeant Jesse Bill (Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator) has spent hours each week at Midland PCYC, helping to engage children and young people.

Sgt Bill has assisted students in the current Stepping Stones Course where he acts as a mentor and helps to identify any issues that may have caused students to disengage from school.

Sgt Bill received well deserved recognition in the 2021 Nine News WA Police Excellence Awards where he was announced as the winner of the individual category. He is passionate about enhancing relationships between the WA Police Force and young people and Midland PCYC is lucky to have him!

Thanks Jesse!