School Vandalism, School Bullying, School Rules? Safer Schools Partnership Strategies With Mayfield School and Hampshire Constabulary Reducing Crime and Disorder in the Community Police Constable Marcus Cator and Steve Hawkins. WHY !
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Safer Schools Partnership Strategies
With Mayfield School and Hampshire Constabulary
Reducing Crime and Disorder in the Community
Police Constable Marcus Cator and Steve Hawkins
Mayfield School is the largest secondary school for youths aged 11 to 16 years of age in Portsmouth, historically suffering from a reputation of persistent antisocial behaviour and was considered a magnet for criminal activity. Mayfield was a school which parents did not wish to send their children too. It was in “Special Measures” after the last inspection by Ofsted, schools inspectorate. Crime in the district of Copnor was identified through scanning and customer surveys, as causing a significant fear of crime in the community. Mayfield School was identified as being at the heart of the problem.
Copnor and North End
As a snapshot of time we saw that from 01/01/2004 – 07/07/2004 there were 67 incidents reported to Police at Mayfield School, 48 incidents during school hours, 19 outside of hours.
These consisting of:-
Assaults x 3
Public Order incidents x 4
Burglary x 5
Missing children x 3
Intrusion and damage to the site x 22
Alarm activations x 4
Thefts of mobile phones and bicycles x 26
Improved Partnerships between organisations
Communication with the student body
Introduction of established crime reduction strategies
Positive media support marketing success to the community
39% reduction in Police attendance to the school
95% reduction in thefts of Mobile phones
100% reduction in Criminal Damage
36% reduction in Police investigation costs
42% reduction in student exclusions
Acceptance and recognition by the youth as a part of their culture
Improved relations with all members of the partnership
National Intelligence Model and National Crime Recording Standards are fully supported
Community have identified less crime
Accountability to the community
Local, County and National recognition for the work
In 2005 investigations had reduced by 36%. An efficiency saving of £4793.40 ($9,015.49 US) for the Police after a significant rise in reporting of crime in 2004.
Agreed protocol needs to be identified at the early stages
Do not promise what you cannot deliver
You must have the right person for the job
The youths can see right through you
Respect yourself and learn to respect others
Punishment is not a cure