Police Citizens Youth Club

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Police & Community Youth Clubs or commonly abbreviated to PCYC are a network of Australian non-profit, community organisations, founded in New South Wales. In some states such as NSW, they are constituted as an Incorporated Association.[1]

The Mission of PCYC is to get young people active in life; develop their skills, character and leadership; and prevent and reduce crime by and against young people.[2]

The first PCYC was opened in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales on 1 April 1937 by the Police Commissioner, William John Mackay. They were modelled on the Nazi labour youth battalions, which he admired because they “subordinate the individual to the welfare of the nation”.[3] It included a membership of 400 boys and facilities such as a library containing 3000 books, wrestling, physical culture classes, debating and teams in the rugby league competition.

Name & locations of PCYC's in each state:

  • Police & Community Youth Clubs NSW: 59
  • Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association: 52
  • Western Australia Police & Community Youth Centre's: 24
  • Tasmanian Association of Police & Community Youth Clubs: 12
  • Victoria Police & Citizens Youth Club: 4
  • Canberra Police & Community Youth Club :1


  1. ^ About PCYC, PCYC Queensland
  2. ^ PCYC NSW Overview, PCYC NSW
  3. ^ Armstrong, Mick. "The secret history of fascism in Australia". Redflag, 14 July 2015. 

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