Critically examine the role, training and support of police Safer Schools Officers

Walker, Louise (2014) Critically examine the role, training and support of police Safer Schools Officers. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 2002, as part of the United Kingdom Government drive to tackle youth violence and improve school safety, Safer Schools Partnerships were introduced and police officers deployed to secondary schools. Guidance published in 2009 recommended principals for successful partnerships, but also detailed role responsibilities, supervision, support and training for Safer Schools Officers (SSOs). Since publication, there has been little evaluation of the partnership and in particular of SSOs.
    This study focuses on the role, training and support of SSOs, identifying improvements for working practices by conducting semi-structured interviews with SSOs from Ealing Borough and the researchers participant observation diary. The study concludes that, SSOs are contributing to police priorities and improving public confidence. However, critically SSOs feel increasingly isolated from police colleagues and support, especially since the implementation of the Local Policing Model and changes in supervision. Furthermore, training is insufficient and preventing personal and professional development, consequently embedding perceptions of isolation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:27
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:27

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