The Committee consists of 5 Honourary Presidents, 24 Presidents; all of them are community philanthropists, 3 District Fight Crime Committee Chairmen & 3 District School Committee Chairmen (YTM, KC & SSPO), and 6 Committee members from different government departments including the Police Force, Social Welfare Department and 4 NGOs (The HK Federation of Youth Groups (香港青年協會) (KC), the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (香港小童羣益會) (SSPO), Hong Kong Playground Association (香港遊樂場協會) (MK) & Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong (香港中華基督教青年會) (YT)).
Meeting would be held quarterly or it warrants doing so to discuss matters relating to the youth. Regional Commander of Kowloon West, together with officers of Regional Crime Office will attend the meeting to provide professional advice. Routine operations and projects are undertaken and monitored by RCPO KW.
With the engagement of the “Kowloon West Youth-Care Committee”, the overall youth crime rate in Kowloon West continued to drop over the years. The number of youngsters referred to the Juvenile Protection Section of Kowloon West for supervision through the Police Superintendent’s Discretion Scheme has declined year by year. There has been a drop in the number of recidivists from 88 in 2001 to 7 in 2018, representing a significant decrease of 92%.
In conclusion, the ‘Kowloon West Youth-Care Committee’ has rendered full support to the Police at different levels over the years in helping young people develop positive values, nurturing a sense of responsibility towards the community and civic-mindedness.