Additional schools based police officers for MK

Thursday 23 January 2020

In April this year, two additional police officers will join those already based in schools around Milton Keynes.

For the first time, these new full-time posts have been co-funded by Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police.  The £160,000 initiative will see the new officers in place until March 2022.

There are currently two dedicated schools officers working in Milton Keynes.  Their purpose is to reduce crime and victimisation amongst young people and provide a safe and secure school community.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The partnership between our youth services and schools based policing is incredibly valuable.  These additional officers are well placed to provide early interventions and will reinforce the existing model.  With their visible presence in schools alongside crime education programmes, they will further support young people most at risk of engaging in crime.”

Chief Inspector Kelly Gardner, Deputy Commander for Thames Valley Police said: “We know there is huge support for this initiative and we hear from teachers and parents that they want increased police engagement with schools.  Together with Milton Keynes Council, we are focused on strengthening communities.  Increasing the number of police officers and PCSOs is a key part of this.”

The new officers will be focused on secondary schools but will cover all primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.