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News - 3 August 2008
Police-per-school pilot works for Essex
Essex police are claiming that their policy of putting police in schools is reducing youth crime in Essex.
The Essex police claim comes as the Government announced it is looking to expand the Safer Schools Partnership Scheme, with the hope of eventually seeing a dedicated officer based permanently on site in every school.
Essex currently has 35 schools officers, spread across five police divisions. Some are based in schools working as part of a partnership with the school, while others take on a liaison role from local police stations.
An Essex Police spokesman said that any decision on installing officers in all schools would come from the Association of Chief Police Officers, but insisted that the use of them in Essex had so far been a success.
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