South Coast teenagers will get to throw a footy, share a barbecue and check out some high-powered trail bikes thanks to a new police initiative.
Specially-built trailers, wrapped with Aboriginal artwork, each with an awning, a fridge and a barbecue, will house sporting equipment to promote teamwork. The trailers also carry trail bikes used in operational policing.
Wollongong commander Superintendent Chris Craner said police have been riding trail bikes for years searching for lost bushwalkers and preventing crime in remote locations - and they've been cooking barbecues for years at community engagements.
"Put them together with today's new trailers and school kids, PCYC and the activities inside these trailers is building our capacity and capability to prevent and disrupt crime," he said.
Police were joined by Community Elders, PCYC members and students from Lake Illawarra and Oak Flats high schools for the official launch.
Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie said the trailers are a useful tool in ensuring community safety.
"One of our key priorities is to partner with Aboriginal communities and other service providers, such as the PCYC, to achieve positive outcomes for youth, particularly in areas that don't have easy access to other facilities," he said.
The trailers will be kept in the South Coast, Illawarra and Riverina.