Police stationed at school
A POLICE officer has been given a base at Castle School to give the force a “regular, meaningful presence” there.
The Thornbury secondary school has been hit by two arson attacks and vandalism outside school hours over the past four months.
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the school had offered its local beat manager a space to help “build positive relationships” with pupils.
A spokesperson said: “We’re committed to maintaining positive relationships between our neighbourhood teams and local schools. One way we’re doing this is by making sure schools have a named contact within the neighbourhood team.
“Castle School in Thornbury has given their local beat manager PC Natalie Jones accommodation to enable her to have a regular, meaningful presence at the school.
“She has already been speaking to pupils in assemblies about affecting young people and the town.
“Our aim is for this to build positive relationships between young people and the police. We want to make sure students feel confident about approaching officers – and that we’re available when needed.”
A spokesperson for The Castle School said 'We are pleased that Avon & Somerset Police have responded positively to our offer of accommodation in the school as the base for a police officer. In a small town such as Thornbury there is a real benefit to the school and community working very closely together, with a focus on preventative work that stops bigger issues from occurring'