“Community safety is my priority and my strongest suggestion would be to ensure that this open letter is circulated to all players, coaches, parents and spectators that games will be cancelled, players suspended or banned from play and teams receiving the strongest form of sanction of exclusion from the competition if they are found to be involved in organizing acts of violence on or off the pitch.
“While the PDJRL can help in any case where a club needs advice on the intelligence they have, please do not hesitate to contact me directly for further advice.”
A game in the area was canceled last weekend due to concerns over gang violence.
NSWRL CEO David Trodden said the NSWRL, Penrith District Junior Rugby League and NSW Police are working together if there is a problem in the Riverstone area of north-west Sydney.
“In particular, the NSWRL fully supports and endorses all actions that Riverstone Police District Command considers necessary to address potential acts of violence on community sports grounds,” Trodden said.
“There is no place for violence in our sport or in the community at large.
“NSWRL is also grateful to the Penrith and District Junior Rugby League Club for taking a strong stance on the matter and giving their full support to the local Riverstone Area Command Police.
“It is also important to clarify that the issue identified is a specific concern for the area under the jurisdiction of Riverstone Police Area Command, and not a statewide issue.
“It also relates to potential issues that need to be addressed in community rugby league for adults and not in children’s football.
“Penrith DJRLC and NSW Police are undertaking strong community initiatives as part of a number of strategies to address issues and concerns about young people at risk of descending into a life of crime and gang violence.
“NSW Police Minister, The Honorable Paul Toole, yesterday announced details of a statewide ‘Fit For Life’ program with the PCYC and several sporting bodies; while Penrith has already launched a positive cultures program for players aged 12-15.
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