Safer Schools Officers arrests

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many times have Safer Schools Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service arrested a young person in a school? Please provide a breakdown by borough for each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the type of offence involved.


Answer for Safer Schools Officers arrests

Answer for Safer Schools Officers arrests

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Current MPS systems are unable to provide numbers of arrests in schools without substantial time and resources. 

There are 292 Safer Schools Officers and not all of their arrests necessarily take place in or around schools. Therefore, every individual officer's arrest records would need to be identified and reviewed to establish the location.

In order to maintain an effective Safer School Partnership, Safer Schools Officers will, as a general rule, avoid arresting young people in school, using appropriate powers to interview without arrest if necessary.