School Police Liaison Officer
“My role is, where appropriate, to keep young people out of the Criminal Justice System. I can utilise Restorative Justice or Community Resolutions where appropriate. A fundamental aim is to educate young people as opposed to criminalising them, though only when appropriate.”
Studies have shown that police working with schools results in a wealth of benefits for the police, for schools, their teachers and students, and for the wider community. These benefits can include
- improved relationships between police and schools, and police and students
- an increased sense of safety for students, teachers and the community
- improved attendance
- raised achievement
- reduced levels of offending behaviour and poor behaviour in school.
Pc McAllister’s role in school comprises of a number of roles and activities.
- Supporting improvements in young people’s knowledge and quality of life (e.g. schools assemblies; pastoral support)
- Strategic and multi-agency preventative working (e.g. sharing intelligence, working with other agencies; police presence and profile).
- Enforcement and safety of young people (e.g. tackling crime; discipline, safety and behaviour in school; restorative justice)
This partnership provides a positive strategy so that all students have opportunities to enhance their knowledge, understanding, behaviour, attitudes, values and skills regarding:
- Substance Education
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Personal Safety
This will inevitably promote the principles of positive citizenship, in school and the wider community.
Valuing Everyone, Caring for Each Other, Achieving Excellence