A new scheme aiming to bring schools in Hampton and the Ortons closer to their local policing teams has been launched.
Twenty secondary and primary schools in the area have agreed to join the “Orton and Hampton Schools Partnership”.
The schools taking part will be given the option of getting involved in a number of activities, including: a lesson for pupils on issues such as community policing and the dangers of fire, police surgeries at the school to give pupils the chance to discuss problems such as online bullying, and a community cadets scheme, where officers will work with groups of pupils encouraging them to take part in activities such as litter picking, community events and projects supervised by a police community support officers.
Sector Insp Andy Bartlett, who has devised the partnership, said: “At present, there is a lot of variation in the amount of interaction we have with schools in the Ortons and Hampton.
“This scheme will mean all the schools, their head teachers, staff and pupils, will have easier and more frequent access to their local policing team.
“Teachers may seek police advice at an earlier stage when dealing with issues and pupils will be able to meet local PCSOs in a confidential environment.
“This scheme is about making our relationship with schools stronger and more collaborative and structured.”