FROM dawn until dusk, the PCYC is typically a hive of activity as kids from across the city participate in programs running through the centre.
However in recent weeks, PCYCs across the country, including Bathurst, have had to suspend their youth services as part of the current COVID-19 restrictions currently in place.
Despite this, the NSW Police Force is continuing its commitment to vulnerable and 'at-risk' youth by preparing and delivering welfare packages to young people, including families in Bathurst who use the service.
Senior Constable Rikki Bowden, from the Bathurst PCYC, said the care packages are a way police can continue to engage with young kids, and continue positive interactions with them.
With PCYC youth services suspended, Sen Const Bowden said the PCYC was "quiet and empty."
"Usually it's a bustling, noisy place with kids everywhere," she said.
"We can't bring the kids here at the moment, so we're making up the care packages as a way to continue engaging with them, so they know we actually care," she said.
Her colleague, Senior Constable Martyn Warren said care packages has been really well received.
"It's been fantastic to see their reaction.
"It's good for us and it's good for them," he said.
Youth and Crime Prevention Commander, Superintendent Mark Wall, said officers are adapting in every way possible to ensure the community continue to feel safe.
"As a community we need to help one another through this uncertain time, so our officers have been looking for new ways to serve and support young people and their families," Supt Wall said.
"We hope these welfare packages bring some relief and happiness to those youth who regularly attend these facilities, whether it be for an education program, fitness class, or friendly catch-up.
"The implementation of the Commissioner's RISEUP strategy almost two years ago has been a game-changer in youth engagement.
"While those programs have been temporarily suspended, we want the community to know we are also forward planning for when restrictions are lifted to help our youth get back on their feet," Supt Wall said.
NSW Police Force, together with PCYC NSW, would like to thank the companies and individuals who donated items to include in the youth welfare packages.