Police Officers spend all or part of their week working in schools in Leeds as part of the Safer Schools Programme. There are currently 24 officers covering 35 Secondary schools and 2 Universities in Leeds.
Safer Schools is not about patrolling school corridors. The officers go into classrooms and talk to young people about drugs, weapons, rights, responsibilities and crime levels where they live. It is about meeting and talking to pupils and parents and generally improving relationships between the community and the Police. Also trying to prevent young people from becoming victims of crime or of being involved with anti-social behaviour and crime.
If there is a serious incident in school the Safer Schools Officer can be a bridge between school and major police involvement. The aim is not to criminalise young people unnecessarily.