|Campus Officers Join South West Glasgow Schools|
CAMPUS OFFICERS JOIN SOUTH WEST GLASGOW SCHOOLS
Five secondary schools in the south west of Glasgow are now benefitting from campus officers with funding from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Pupil Equity Fund.
The officers, the last of whom started on Monday 5 February 2018, are based at Bellahouston Academy, St Pauls RC Secondary School, Rosshall Academy, Govan High and Hillpark Secondary.
The campus officers will become part of the school and surrounding community, improving the educational and social environment for the pupils.
The campus officer in Bellahouston Academy has been in post for some time, and this has already made an impact on criminal and anti-social behaviour.
The project is not about officers catching criminals and restoring order though, the campus officer at Bellahouston has already been awarded an Evening Times Community Champion award as a result of the positive impact that the project has had.
Chief Inspector Alan Bowater, Area Commander, said:
“After seeing the positive impact that the Bellahouston campus officer was having in the community, we approached the other secondary schools in the division to see if they were interested in securing funding to buy into the project.
“We are delighted to have the support of all five schools, and thankful that the Scottish Government’s Pupil Equity Fund was able to help us support the schools and the surrounding community.
“We are thrilled that now all five officers are in place and look forward to seeing the positive impact that we have already seen in Bellahouston being mirrored across the schools.
“This initiative is the result of some excellent and long term collaborative working between several partner agencies, particularly the education authorities and the schools involved. We are delighted that other areas across Scotland are recognising this deployment and are considering deploying officers to their own schools.”
Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said:
“We know from experience that the added benefits of a campus officer in our schools is very encouraging and the officers very quickly become an integral part of the school and local community.
“The officers bring a whole new dimension to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with our young people, staff and community and I’m delighted that the south west schools will now benefit.”