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Students Help Make Schools Safer

Students are becoming involved in an accredited program to make their schools safer.

Fifteen schools have already attained School Watch Level 1 Certification and South Australia Police, in partnership with the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS),  are hoping more will come on board.

School Watch Level 1 Certification Program encourages schools to take a more active role in their own safety and security, using a problem solving approach and becoming involved in school safety decision making processes.

Sergeant Simon Cooper, WatchSA Coordinator for South Australia Police, says Certification aims to reduce offences against staff, students and property.

"Level 1 Certification should be viewed as an effective strategy for schools to address bullying, assaults and create safe places."

"These incidents are unique from school to school and the main aim of the initiative is to increase student involvement and participation,  with regard to all safety and security matters at school management level."

"To gain Certification, schools need to demonstrate student involvement in decisions about school safety."

"This includes producing a site assessment to determine security concerns."

"The assessment is an auditable checklist that schools must work through satisfying topics such as security, emergency management plans, identification and visitor access, alarm systems, property identification, building security, fencing and security lighting."

"Schools then maintain a safety and security folder and work in with other local watch programs, such as Neighbourhood Watch."

Sgt Cooper says when schools gain their certification; they are able to display School Watch stickers.

"They also incorporate School Watch meetings as part of their regular management and student meetings."

Interested schools and students can contact Sergeant Cooper in the first instance by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for information on how to get started

Senior Constable First Class Michelle Hollis, Principal Ms Anne Prime of  Salisbury High School, Chief Inspector Kym Zander and  Senior Sergeant First Class Christine Bettess