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PCSOs ready to make our schools safer
9:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
POLICE Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are being placed in county schools as part of a Safer Schools Programme.
Aimed at improving school safety, preventing crime and raising educational achievement, the officers will focus on early intervention and prevention for students at risk as part of the scheme being run by West Mercia Police and the Warwickshire force.
Evesham High School is among the schools which will have its own PCSO along with Worcester schools Nunnery Wood, Bishop Perowne and Christopher Whitehead Language College and Malvern’s The Chase.
Gareth Morgan, assistant chief constable of West Mercia Police, said the officers would serve a dual purpose.
“The scheme will not only help prevent crime and antisocial behaviour, but will also give young people support and advice so that they can stay safe and do well at school,” he said.
The scheme aims to improve school safety, prevent crime, and raise educational achievement with a focus on early intervention and prevention for students at risk.
Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Mercia region, said: “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.”
The scheme was originally launched in six Warwickshire schools in 2008 with Home Office funding as a local authority and police partnership.
Ron Ball, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, said: “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.”
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