17,000 Students Met By Beds Police School Liaison team

Bedfordshire Police's new Schools Liaison Team is off to a flying start; in the team’s first three months they have engaged with over 17,000 students across Bedfordshire.

The Schools Liaison Team was introduced to strengthen relationships with teachers and pupils at the 363 educational establishments across Bedfordshire. Through regular visits, the team has been educating young people on a variety of topics and giving advice about how to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of crime.

In May, the team engaged with almost 7,000 children and young people across Bedfordshire. Their focus last month was on delivering educational sessions about knife crime and youth violence and the consequences of these crime types. They continue to address concerns raised by teachers, and work closely with them to ensure they are aware of the work going on across the force.

Sergeant Ben Dimmock, who manages the team, said: “The team has been receiving some really positive feedback from a number of schools they have visited. This is great to hear and shows how well their work is being received by pupils and teachers across the county.

“Introducing the Schools Liaison Team is a long term approach to engaging with young people, which is vital to the work of the force. The team has now been up and running for three months, and looking forward I am hopeful that the choices and consequences messages they have been delivering will help deter some of our young people from crime and help instil confidence in the force.”