January 7, 2009
Every secondary school in Leeds is to have a dedicated police officer as part of a drive to cut crime.
Eight of the city’s 38 schools will have a full-time police presence. Another 16 officers will cover the remaining 30 schools.
More than 250 offences were committed in Leeds schools in 2008, figures show.
Although officers will be able to arrest and search pupils, West Yorkshire Police stressed they would focus on education not enforcement.
The 24 officers involved in the project will support lessons on weapons and drugs awareness, citizenship and personal safety as well as tackling issues like bullying, absenteeism and truancy.
They are undergoing training and will join up with their schools over the next few weeks in what is believed to be the biggest scheme of its kind outside London.