Schools in areas with a higher risk of youth violence should be given dedicated police officers, say MPs. The Home Affairs Committee criticised the government’s current violence reduction strategy as “completely inadequate”. The BBC reports.
In its report, the committee called for more investment into neighbourhood policing – including a commitment to get a dedicated police officer into “all schools in areas with an above-average risk of serious youth violence” by April 2020.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the committee, said the Home Office had “taken a hands-off approach” to the “national emergency” of youth violence.
“Serious violence has got worse after a perfect storm of youth service cuts, police cuts, more children being excluded from school and a failure of statutory agencies to keep them safe.”
There are currently about 280 “safer schools” officers in the capital with hopes for 500 by the autumn. Do you work in one of these school and is police presence helping? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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