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Labor has continued its election pitch in education and crime with a promise of $16 million for a safer communities fund and $13.5 million to keep children in school.

Making the commitment at the Fremantle PCYC, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan linked both initiatives to helping prevent crime.

He said a Labor Government would employ 40 attendance and behaviour officers at the State's 40 most disadvantaged schools.

He said their sole role would be to "make sure kids go to school".

Last year there were 1129 students listed by the Department of Education as having their whereabouts unknown.

Mr McGowan said this compared to fewer than 400 when Labor was in office.

He said an increase in truancy often led to increased rates of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Mr McGowan said the 40 attendance officers would be allocated to schools based on advice from the department but would be required to work with other relevant government agencies where issues with students were identified.

Shadow education minister Paul Papalia said the officers would also have to report to Cabinet every six months in a "stop light brief" via their regional office to ensure agencies were working together.

Mr McGowan said Labor would also double annual funding to the Safer Suburbs, Safer Towns Fund to $4 million a year.

Under the fund grants of up to $25,000 would be made available to local governments, non-government organisations and community groups.

He also reaffirmed Labor's commitment to boost the Safety and Security Rebate scheme, available to seniors card holders, from $400 to $600 until June 30, 2015.

Mr McGowan said Labor supported police officers being based at PCYCs in WA but made no announcement on staffing numbers and funding.

The West Australian

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