Safer Schools Officers
Safer Schools Partnerships (SSPs) were launched nationally in September 2002; they were then introduced to Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 2006. An SSP is a formal agreement between a school or partnership of schools and police to work together in order to keep young people safe, reduce crime and the fear of crime and improve behaviour in schools and their communities. Since 2006 they have secured residence in ten secondary schools across the county.
The officers' presence is not because schools need a police presence; it is about partnership working and represents a new approach to police involvement in schools, focusing on early intervention and prevention to create well rounded students who have respect for the law and their communities.
Why are safer schools officers there?
SSPs aim to ensure:
- the safety of pupils, staff and the school site and surrounding area;
- help for young people to deal with situations that may put them at risk of becoming victims of crime, bullying or intimidation, and to provide support to those who do;
- focused enforcement to demonstrate that those who do offend cannot do so without facing consequences;
- early identification, support and where necessary challenge of pupils involved in or at risk of offending;
- improved standards of pupil behaviour and attendance, and less need for exclusions;
- more positive relations between young people and the police and between young people and the wider community; and
- Effective approaches to issues beyond the school site that negatively impact on pupil safety and behaviour.
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