Bring­ing back po­lice in schools

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Lib­eral Na­tion­als gov­ern­ment would rein­tro­duce a pro­gram de­signed to tackle youth vi­o­lence and build re­spect in Vic­to­ria’s schools, ac­cord­ing to Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan.

Un­der the Lib­eral Na­tion­als plan, 100 new po­lice will be funded to work as school re­source of­fi­cers, com­ple­ment­ing the ex­ist­ing Vic­to­ria Po­lice youth re­source of­fi­cers.

Ms Ryan said all pri­mary schools in the Euroa elec­torate would have the op­por­tu­nity to opt-in to the pro­gram.

‘‘Re­turn­ing po­lice to schools will give young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those at risk, more sup­port early in their lives,’’ she said.

‘‘Our plan will as­sist po­lice bet­ter en­gage young Vic­to­ri­ans who are still at school, and will re­store re­spect for po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘As trusted mem­bers of the school com­mu­nity, po­lice will be avail­able to stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to seek ad­vice about a range of polic­ing is­sues, in­clud­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence.

‘‘The plan will also help peo­ple un­der­stand the im­por­tance of po­lice within the com­mu­nity and to grow up re­spect­ing their im­por­tant role.’’

Ms Ryan said Vic­to­ria was cur­rently the only state in Aus­tralia that did not have a Po­lice in Schools pro­gram.

‘‘The orig­i­nal Po­lice in Schools pro­gram was axed in 2005, de­spite a Monash Uni­ver­sity study which found it was ef­fec­tive,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘This pro­gram will give our com­mu­ni­ties a greater level of en­gage­ment with Vic­to­ria Po­lice to al­low chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to in­ter­act with lo­cal po­lice and learn about the role they play in keep­ing us all safe.’’

Shadow Po­lice Min­is­ter Ed­ward O’Dono­hue said pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures were as im­por­tant as the tougher sen­tenc­ing poli­cies the Lib­er­als and The Na­tion­als had al­ready an­nounced.

‘‘Tougher sen­tenc­ing, bail and pa­role are all im­por­tant but we are also fo­cused on proac­tive poli­cies to pre­vent kids from go­ing down a path of crime,’’ he said.

‘‘This pro­gram will help school chil­dren have a stronger un­der­stand­ing and re­spect for po­lice and help break the cy­cle of youth crime.’’

❝Tougher sen­tenc­ing, bail and pa­role are all im­por­tant . . . This pro­gram will help school chil­dren have a stronger un­der­stand­ing and re­spect for po­lice and help break the cy­cle of youth crime.❞ Shadow Po­lice Min­is­ter Ed­ward O’Dono­hue

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