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Safer Schools Programme

The Safer Schools Programme is a partnership initiative between Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and selected schools, which sees a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) based on the school site to offer support to pupils and teachers and the local community.

The programme is aimed at improving school safety, preventing crime, and raising educational achievement.  There is a real focus on early intervention and prevention for students at risk.

The schools selected to benefit from the scheme are:

  • Hereford: The Hereford Academy;
  • South Worcestershire: Nunnery Wood High School; Chase High School; Evesham High School; Bishop Perowne CE College; Christopher Whitehead Language College;
  • North Worcestershire: Baxter College; Kingsley College; Stourport High School; King Charles I; RSA Academy Arrow Vale;
  • Shropshire: Harlescott and Sundorne (previously The Grange School); The Marches School; Belvidere School;
  • Telford & Wrekin: Abraham Darby Academy; Lakeside Academy (previously Lord Silken School); Hadley Learning Community; The Phoenix School; Madeley Academy; Ercall Wood Technology College;
  • Nuneaton: Nuneaton Academy; Etone College; Nicholas Chamberlaine (Bedworth); Hartshill School, Hartshill;
  • Rugby: The Avon Valley School; Bilton School;
  • Leamington: North Leamington High; Campion;
  • Warwick: Trinity School

These schools have been selected as they are locations where the forces think a PCSO working directly with a school would have the greatest impact.

Three schools - Hereford Academy, RSA Academy Arrow Vale, Redditch, Ercal Wood Technology College, Telford - have already been involved in a pilot scheme over the past year and activities undertaken so far include arranging out of school activities, assembly inputs, meeting with parents, patrolling the area before and after school and linking in with feeder schools.

A number of events are taking place at schools across Warwickshire and West Mercia to launch the new programme.

Gareth Morgan, Assistant Chief Constable at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said:

"The Safer Schools Programme is a positive step forward for young people and the wider community. The scheme will not only help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, but will also give young people support and advice so that they can stay safe and do well at school."

Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said:

"I am really pleased that this programme is being rolled out to so many schools across the West Mercia area.

"A PCSO presence will help us to provide essential support and guidance to young people, while ensuring that they feel safe and secure. It will also enable us to strengthen the links between the local community and the police service."

Ron Ball, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire said: "This scheme was originally launched in six Warwickshire schools in 2008 with Home Office funding as a local authority and police partnership. It was extremely successful in achieving aims to deliver school safety, crime prevention, and to support the raising of educational achievement.

"PCSOs have continued to work with Warwickshire schools, but the scheme has not been further developed until now. The alliance with West Mercia has provided new opportunity to introduce the scheme to secondary schools that can build on links forged in existing school communities to provide an even wider network of support and action against anti-social behaviour.

"Each new officer will have a role to address local issues and to channel the children's energy into positive activity. They will become valued educators, teaching young people important lessons about safety and respect and I am confident the programme will continue to be a great success across the Warwickshire and West Mercia force region."