Pupils at a secondary school in Gedling were visited by a police officer last week as part of a trial of new educational programme highlighting the dangers of drugs, alcohol and knife crime.
One of Nottinghamshire Police’s new Schools and Early Intervention Officers (SEIO), PC Paul Kanakowski, visited Carlton le Willows Academy on Wood Lane to deliver the educational session as part the pilot.
If the pilot is successful, the new SEIOs will go into schools and deliver educational packages on a range of subjects to young people including cyber awareness, drugs, alcohol and violence (including knife crime).
The officers will have regular contact with the schools in the districts they work in and visit each them each week.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping praised the scheme.
He said: “I am delighted that the Chief Constable is reintroducing police officers back into all Nottinghamshire secondary schools.
“We need to focus on young people. They both commit crime and are victims of crime. Building respect between the police and pupils is vital. At the end of the day we need to recognise that young people are all our futures and we need to invest in them.”
If the pilot is successful, the intention is to employ a further eight SEIOs who can provide a dedicated service to more schools and academies across Nottinghamshire.