By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:53
BOROUGH schools are set to benefit from on-site support from the police as part of a bid to improve school safety and prevent crime.
Kingsley College will have a Police Community Support Officer based on site to offer support to pupils, teachers and the local community as part of the Safer Schools Programme, which has been rolled out to schools across Worcestershire following a successful pilot.
RSA Academy Arrow Vale - which will continue to take part in the scheme - was one of three schools to have trialled the idea over the past year, with benefits including out of school activities, assembly input, meetings with parents and patrols before and after school.
Gareth Morgan, Assistant Chief Constable at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said the programme was 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, added: “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.”
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