New role at school for Diss police officer

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A police officer has taken up a new role at Diss High School in a bid to assist its pupils.

Police Community Support Officer Danny Hodge, based at Diss Police Station, has taken up the position of Safer School Partnership Officer at Diss High School.

However, he has stressed his introduction is not due to any concerns over “illegal activity” at the school.

It is part of a police initiative called the Safer Schools Partnership, which was introduced in 2006, to support the Every Child Matters Report, in a bid to enhance young people’s sense of community, building good relationships, trust and mutual respect.

In a letter to parents, Mr Hodge said: “My role will be to also assist the school with activities that include anti bullying week, internet safety, teen relationships and drug awareness as well as others.

“It basically means that I am a point of contact for pupils, parents and teachers to discuss any sort of issues that they may have in relation to crime prevention, current anti-social behaviour problems, bullying, drugs awareness, and life’s general difficulties that we have all encountered growing up.

“I am also available for the matters that teenagers and some parents may not feel able to discuss with others due to their confidentiality and sensitivity.

“I look forward to working with all the pupils at Diss high school and teachers along with the parents.

Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt added: “Diss High is pleased to be part of this initiative which has been well received by parents.”

The school hopes the move will help young people at the school be more informed about country-wide issues affecting children.

A statement from the school read: “Whilst in school Dan may be doing a range of things, from providing interactive sessions directly to pupils to offer advice and awareness to pupils around a range of issues from the consequences of crime to the dangers of unhealthy relationships.

“Dan may also have some involvement with meetings with families if this is seen to be helpful and will be working with staff and pupils in order to make the school as safe as it can.”

Old Buckenham High School and Long Stratton High School currently have Safer School Partnership Officers and are part of the Safer Schools Partnership.

A spokesperson for Attleborough Academy Norfolk said while they currently do not have a PCSO in that role since becoming an academy, they do get regular officer visits.