New po­lice Oper­a­tion At­tend to tar­get tru­ants

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SERGEANT DEAN BOR­RELL

‘‘Franklin po­lice and th­ese other agen­cies are mak­ing home vis­its to get that child to school, visit train­ing cour­ses mak­ing sure stu­dents are at­tend­ing and check up on schools to see who is ab­sent.’’

This week we com­menced an Auck­land-wide tru­ancy oper­a­tion – called Oper­a­tion At­tend.

Here in Franklin we are tar­get­ing tru­ants in Pukekohe, Tuakau and Waiuku. Sus­tained tru­ancy af­fects ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment and can lead to sig­nif­i­cantly di­min­ished op­por­tu­ni­ties later in life. At­ten­dance and en­gage­ment in school im­proves em­ploy­ment, so­cial and life op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­duces the de­vel­op­ment of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and youth of­fend­ing. We are work­ing with schools and other groups such as Child Youth and Fam­i­lies plus tru­ancy sup­port providers.

Franklin po­lice and th­ese other agen­cies are mak­ing home vis­its to get that child to school, visit train­ing cour­ses mak­ing sure stu­dents are at­tend­ing and check up on schools to see who is ab­sent.

Some­times the rea­son stu­dents tru­ant is com­pli­cated and could be be­cause they are vic­timised at school or there is zero parental sup­port to get them there.

Other times they are com­mit­ting crimes such as shoplift­ing, break­ing into or steal­ing cars and bur­glar­ies when they should be in school.

We will iden­tify a list of top 10 tru­ants each day and then make the joint vis­its and start a in­ter­ven­tion plan and get them to school.

Any stu­dent age per­son seen out of school dur­ing school hours will be spo­ken to by po­lice and taken to school.

Par­ents/care­givers - by not work­ing to get your kids to school you are rob­bing them of op­por­tu­ni­ties later in life.

Please en­gage with your school or phone us if your child is not go­ing to school.

We will help you and them to over­come the is­sues that keep them away from school.

And to up­date - last week I talked about a group steal­ing cars at Waiuku and Pukekohe.

We haven’t yet made any arrests but have put in place some pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties which has seen this spate end.

Also we have ar­rested a 14-year-old and an­other young per­son for three Waiuku bur­glar­ies on Sun­day night.

One at the Cos­mopoli­tan Club, and two shops in town plus for break­ing into two cars.

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