HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MPs call for dedicated police for violent schools

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Schools in areas with a higher risk of youth violence should be given dedicated police officers, say MPs.

The Home Affairs Committee criticised the government’s current violence reduction strategy as “completely inadequate”.

It called on the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, to take “personal responsibility” for tackling knife and gun crime among young people.

But the Home Office said the MPs failed to fully recognise its action on crime.

In its report, the committee called for more investment into neighbourhood policing – including a commitment to get a dedicated police officer into “all schools in areas with an above-average risk of serious youth violence” by April 2020.

It said by committing the money for the officers in the government’s autumn spending review, it would become part of a drive to “rebuild vital links” with the communities affected.

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