Plan for schools to share police

Campus police officers could soon be moving between schools
Campus police officers could soon be moving between schools

Parents fear their children will no longer get the full benefit of an on site police presence if officers split time between schools.

Falkirk Council is currently working with Forth Valley Police and head teachers in the local area to identify the most effective deployment of School Based Officers (SBOs).

One concerned parent said: “We heard Falkirk police were considering moving officers out of their posts and spreading them thinly across more high schools.

“This would lead to young people being uncertain about when their officer will be present and will impede the ability of the officers to build good relationships with pupils.”

Superintendent Kenny MacLeod said: “It is right every high school in the Forth Valley area benefits from the experience of an SBO.

“At these times of financial challenges Forth Valley Division has increased the number of SBOs from nine to ten officers across Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire to ensure each high school receives that highly valued local partnership support.

“Prevention and partnership working is a key strand to Forth Valley’s Policing ethos and the School Based Officer role is an area that we value.”