Under Queensland's School Based Policing Program, 57 state secondary schools (58 campuses) have a School Based Police Officer (SBPO).
Role of SBPOs
SBPOs' participation in the education of students is an integral part of the current approach to policing, which places a greater emphasis on police engaging with the community and working collaboratively to provide effective policing services.
The school-based policing strategy has the potential to enhance students' educational outcomes by helping to create environments that support student welfare and learning.
The SBPO assists in contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of the school community by supporting students at risk of offending or becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The School Based Policing Program also encourages school communities to adopt approaches that aid in crime prevention and proactive policing.
The SBPO is appointed to a school or cluster of schools to assist the school community and police in a variety of tasks including:
- promoting positive relationships between the school community and police
- developing crime prevention and problem orientated initiatives, engaging community and inter-agency partnerships
- assisting with the understanding of law/legal process and procedures, particularly in relation to young people
- attending to police-related matters within the school community, where appropriate.
School-based officers' duties are supported by negotiation and monitored by a local consultative team, comprised of the principal/s, the officer and the officer's police supervisor.
For further information about school-based police officers contact your Regional Office or State Schools – Operations through the State Schools Division email.
Location of SBPOs