WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says it is up to the community to protect children from a life of crime.
Speaking about his opinion piece in today's The West Australian, Mr O'Callaghan said police and other government organisations should not be solely responsible for the issue.
"Crime is a community problem. Do not drop it in the hands of police or do not drop it in the hands of another government agency," he said.
"If the community feel strongly about it then we need more of them who have the capacity to come forward and help."
He said his ideas were not like those advocated in the stolen generation in that the parents of these children did not want or care for their children.
"We are not trying to take everyone away because they are of a particular creed or type, but we are saying there are some families who are clearly incapable of providing the proper care for their children," he said.
"They don't care about them, they don't look after them."
Mr O'Callaghan cited several examples of children being neglected and being led into crime.