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Police prepare to patrol the Chase playgrounds
12:35pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
POLICE officers will be patrolling the playground of the Chase Technology College in a bid to curb bad behaviour and help students at risk, it has been revealed.
The Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are to be placed in some county schools to make them safer and tackle crime from today as part of a Safer Schools Programme, run by West Mercia Police and the Warwickshire force.
Aimed at improving school safety, preventing crime, and raising educational achievement, the forces say the officers will focus on early intervention and prevention for students at risk.
And the chosen schools, which also include Nunnery Wood High School, Bishop Perowne CE College and Christopher Whitehead Language College, all in Worcester, are where the forces think a PCSO would have the greatest impact.
Chase headteacher Richard Jacobs said: “We welcome the opportunity to be part of this scheme, giving us a community agent who we can work with, who will provide our students with a point of contact for all kinds of community services. The police are looking for ways of fostering relationships with all elements of the community, and this is one way.
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.
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.”
Three schools, including Hereford Academy, have already been involved in a pilot scheme and activities undertaken so far include arranging out-of-school activities and linking in with feeder schools.
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