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Schools and Early Intervention Officer scheme rolled out across Notts

September 12, 2018
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Eleven Schools and Early Intervention Officers will be working in schools across Nottinghamshire from next week after a successful pilot scheme by Nottinghamshire Police.

Eight new SEIOs are currently in training and will be deployed along with the existing three officers from Monday (17 September) to deliver educational packages and targeted interventions to young people.

They will each cover between eight to 12 schools, academies and colleges in 11 different districts or areas across the county.  

The issues they will cover in school visits include criminal damage, violence (including knife crime), cyber safety, drugs, alcohol, antisocial behaviour and child sexual exploitation. They also carry out patrols outside of school time alongside council antisocial behaviour teams, attend community meetings and facilitate community resolutions.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford has committed £500,000 of Nottinghamshire Police’s budget each year to ensuring each neighbourhood has a dedicated officer. He visited the eight new recruits today (Wednesday 12 September) during a training session at the Sherwood Lodge headquarters.

He said: "The return of Schools and Early Intervention Officers is something I am passionate about as Chief Constable because I want to keep investing in young people and how they interact with the police.

"This is a significant investment in our young people as I want to ensure that they can engage with the police in a non-confrontational environment and that we can offer the appropriately delivered information upon which they can make good decisions.

"The officers will be delivering packages which have all been compiled by a number of qualified teachers who have also assisted with their training.

"The results I have seen thus far have been significant and include a number of bespoke pupil interventions which have prevented exclusions and suspensions. In addition the officers have ensured that safeguarding interventions have taken place to assist teachers and to ensure wherever possible that children are not criminalised unnecessarily.

"The inputs have been well received by professional teachers and pupils alike which is something I am very keen to ensure as this work will complement what teachers do in our schools."

PC Paul Kanikowski, our Gedling-based SEIO, was one of the three officers who took part in the pilot scheme. 

He said: "Engagement with young people is a massive part of the role. This will help to break down barriers between the police and young people, many of whom have a negative view of law enforcement due to many factors.

"I have been engaging with school pupils on a daily basis, not just in school but on patrols at a weekend. As part of the SEIO role, we work a late-shift on a Friday and Saturday where we join up with partners from the council ASB Teams.

"We attend local youth clubs and ASB ‘hotspots’ that are identified by the local beat team and speak to managers and the young people."

One of the new recruits, PC Nick Stenner, the new SEIO for Newark and Sherwood, said he was looking forward to getting started.

"I want to be the person in school that the kids can come to and be the link between the school, the police and the children and show that as individuals we are human beings and we can help offer them real advice," he said.

As well as feedback from the schools, the SEIO scheme has received input from the Nottinghamshire Youth Commission, including a young person sitting on the interview panel for the new recruits.

SEIO Coordinator Karen Dalby, a former teacher, said: "There’s a real energy and enthusiasm from them to go out and make a difference and that is why they have been employed."

SEIO pilot lead, Chief Inspector Rich Stapleford, said the intensive five-day training workshop taking place this week would prepare the new recruits for their new roles.

He said: "The training workshop has got off to a fantastic start with some exceptional inputs delivered by specialist partners both internal and external. The quality of input has been truly outstanding and will enable us to deliver a world-class schools-based service to the young people of Nottinghamshire."

Below is a summary of the performance of the first three officers since they started the pilot scheme in September 2017:

  • 494 incidents have been dealt with; antisocial behaviour and assaults are the main incidents SEIOs are involved in, followed by cyber-related/internet incidents.
  • 36 Core topics delivered to over 3,600 pupils across 13 academies.
  • Targeted lessons delivered (bullying /misogyny/hate crime/British values) in eight academies to 3,800 pupils.
  • SEIOs have attended 99 school-related meetings between August 17 and April 2018. School re-integration meetings are the main types of meeting attended.
  • Carried out 128 patrols and 38 community resolutions.
  • By end of September Around 2,500 Year 5-6 pupils across the county will have received specialised knife crime education through Safety Zone
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