School Cop to Set Kids Straight; Crime Prevention Early On

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

A GATTON high school will have a police officer based out of it from next year.

The Lockyer District State High School will be home to a school-based police officer (SBPO) in order to normalise students' relationship with the police.

The program places police officers within schools to contribute to the curriculum and engage on a one-on-one level with students.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said their contribution to the schooling community was invaluable.

C[pounds sterling]This is about ensuring our schools remain safe and that students have every chance to positively interact with police from a young age,C[yen] Mr Dempsey said.

C[pounds sterling]Our SBPOs do an outstanding job and contribute to every aspect of the school community.

C[pounds sterling]They forge close working relationships with the school staff and provide positive role models for the students, becoming involved in the school's curriculum by providing students with crime-prevention and safety advice.C[yen]

Positions for the additional SBPOs were advertised in the Queensland Police Service Gazette this week seeking interested officers from across the state. …