Safer Schools Officers (1)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Could you clarify whether Safer Schools Officers are dedicated to one school at a time, or whether they cover multiple schools? Please also detail how many are currently assigned to (i) primary schools, (ii) secondary schools (iii) pupil referral units and (iv) further education/sixth form colleges.


Answer for Safer Schools Officers (1)
Safer Schools Officers (1)

Safer Schools Officers (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Every school and Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) is offered a named designated officer to strengthen the link between schools and the police. As of end of February 2019 there are 382 Schools and Youth Engagement Officers.

Schools and PRUs vary greatly by size and need and therefore an officer may support multiple education establishments. Local commanders are responsible for ensuring schools and youth officers are deployed where and when they are needed most according to risk and potential harm.

HR data systems show there are currently around 90 officers that are dedicated to one school. The rest have responsibility for two or more schools (i.e. the total will be greater than the overall number of officers).

I.          16 officers are assigned to Primary schools;

II.         311 officers are assigned to secondary schools;

III.        47 officers are assigned to PRUs; and

IV.       5 officers are assigned to further education