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The Police School Cooperation Program

Admin 19/11/2013 1 405 News / Pilots

The Police School Cooperation Program is an early general prevention model that aims to increase collaboration of youth police and school administrations on incident response and crime prevention.

The program has two components – the School Resource Officer Program and the Explorer Program.

The School Resource Officer Program

Specially trained officers of the Youth Police will be designated as School Resource Officers (SROs) and assigned to particular schools in order to be an additional resource to a school administration with regard to crime prevention activities and incident response.  SROs will be a focal point between schools and other law-enforcement structures and will:

  • provide  lectures on safety, law enforcement issues and crime prevention;
  • supervise the Explorer Program;
  • liaise with teachers and parents, share information that could prevent crime and/or negative trends in the community;
  • respond to incidents in schools as appropriate, and participate in investigations as necessary.

The Explorers Program

The Explorers Program is a school-based scouting and law enforcement exploration program for students, which aims to improve collaboration between the police, students and the communities in which they live. The program is based on the Plast approach of earning recognition for learning new skills and is in fact, implemented in partnership with the Plast – National Scouting Organization.

The Explorers Program follows the school year and includes eight thematic modules for students aged 12 and up covering issues related to law enforcement, criminal law, personal and community safety. Within each module, Explorers will work towards completing a community service project of their choice which is related to that module’s theme. Such projects may include helping community members, such as pensioners, improvement of the some aspects of the community, such as school playgrounds or town parks. Other projects will focus on awareness raising of some issues, such as presentations for younger students on personal safety, or for parents on internet safety.  Explorers units will typically meet every two weeks in schools under the leadership of the Criminal Militia for Children Officer and the Plast Educator.

The Police School Cooperation model was developed to support the reforms being undertaken by the Criminal Militia for Children and under the initiation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. This pilot is being implemented by the regional division of the Criminal Militia for Children and local Department of Education in Ivano-Frankivsk.

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